Interviewer:
As far as building the party, did he [Goldwater] bring in people...
Jack Hawke:
My impression is that he brought in a whole group of young activist Republicans that became committed and involved during that period of time. And that was really the heart that built the [Republican] Party through '72. It was also part of the group that was hit hard by Watergate because they had a vision that a Republican would really make a difference. That we were just that much better than the Democrats, that we really would change the world, that we really would be more honest, that we really would accomplish more. Why do you keep losing and keep getting your brains beat in but coming back year after year, working the way that group did? And a lot of them did, and in '74 when the roof fell in on Watergate, most of those people that I always used to see that we depended on were gone. And it took five or six years for them ever to get their interest back in politics, and that was a period of time when young people were not coming to the Republican Party. We had a period in there, which was real hard and no growth really. I'd say, the only thing that held it together was Helms and the Congressional Club.

- Jack Hawke, former chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party from 1987 to 1995

Interview with Jack Hawke by Jonathan Houghton, June 7, 1990, Interview C-0087, in the Southern Oral History Program Collection #4007, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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