That One Moment in the Hatch / Wilson Senate Race

That One Moment in the Hatch / Wilson Senate Race

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On my left is senator Orrin Hatch the incumbent Republican. He’s seeking his second term. On my right is Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson. He’s the Democratic challenger. … I think it’s going to come back, if we’ll stick with it. What’s the alternative? I haven’t heard any alternative
from our Democratic friends other than let’s spend more on social programs and cut the military. I find some hypocrisy here. Those who speak in glowing terms such as my opponent have voted for the largest budget deficit in the history of this nation. And I find that to be a direct contradiction … It as about two weeks before the election. We were pulling everyday doing, rolling polls, and we started out about 10 points behind, but we were then up to 8 and then 7, 6 … We were coming up on Orrin. We had a debate at Brigham Young University on like Monday before the election which would be the following Tuesday. BYU is treating him like he’s a favorite basketball team and I’m Slippery Rock, you know? But Orrin got a little bit intemperate, and he kind of went after me. I think he was looking at the polls a little bit and all of a sudden his big long finger came out and began to wag. And he says, and this man. This man that runs against me, he’s a socialist. And the whole BYU crowd enjoying partisanship switched and went oooooh. And the press the next day picked that up. They interviewed BYU students and said things like, Well, we love Senator Hatch, but I’m thinking about voting for Mayor Wilson. He shouldn’t have insulted him that way. Well all of a sudden our polls started to close. I had a pretty good shot at it. And I was talking to my staff that there’s one thing I fear right now and that’s somehow engaging Ronald Reagan into this race. I don’t think Hatch wants to do it. He’d rather stand on his own two feet. But if he needs the President, he might be able to get him. [singing] They comin’ to America … Well, we were advised the President was coming. And he showed up with Orrin Hatch
at the convention center. [singing] Today! Louder! Come on! Today! Yeah! [applause] Your senator and my friend Orrin Hatch is one of the leaders in our quest. Thank you and God bless you. [applause] [singing] In the beauty of … They had a crew there called the Jay Welch Chorale. And they knew how to dress up like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir … which is good politics. [singing] With the glory in his bosom … And mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. I mean one of the great songs in the world. and as patriotic as you can get. [whistling] Shew … That’s heavy, heavy stuff in politics, you know. [singing] Amen, Amen. And all of a sudden the cameras go in on the President, and a tear rolls down his cheek. And it was pretty much over. [laughing] The polls reversed. I lost by a fairly good margin. [applause] This is excellent politics. And, you know, people may not like politics, but you have to appeal to people to win a vote, and they had done a masterful job of that. So I admired what the other side had done, even though it hurt like hell. [Announcer] Let’s give a big yell for President Reagan! but it was fun [laughing] … makes a good story years after. [applause]

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