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    He also hated to see billions of dollars thrown away on military pork spending, I remember seeing him being interviewed by someone many years ago, maybe Charlie Rose, and he related how he managed to block appropriations for a plane that Al D'Amato was all hot for (it would have been built by Grumman which was then located in D'Amato's Nassau County, Long Island territory).  Goldwater told of actually going up and flying the plane, saying it was a very nice one, but we already had others just as good, and managing to kill it.  He also broke down in tears when discussing his late wife Peggy (she had died a year or two before), and spoke of his regrets about having pretty much abandoned her and the kids during most of his first stretch of duty in the Senate, and ended with some advice to anyone interested in a career in the upper reaches of politics:  Go home, hug the wife and kids, spend more time with them and less time prowling the halls of Congress and on the rubber chicken circuit, because the thing you'll regret most when you're old is not having been there when they were young.  He was relaxed and smiling when he said that, but you could see the pain behind the grin and the sparkling eyes.

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