Goldwater statue dedicated in National Statuary Hall

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U.S. Capitol workers cover the statue of the late Barry Goldwater after the dedication ceremony at the National Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) By Manuel Balce Ceneta U.S. Capitol workers cover the statue of the late Barry Goldwater after the dedication ceremony at the National Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) By Manuel Balce Ceneta

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional leaders and members of Arizona's delegation unveiled a statue honoring the late Sen. Barry Goldwater in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

House Speaker John Boehner, Sen. John McCain and members of the Goldwater family were on hand in the National Statuary Hall for the dedication ceremony to the man known as "Mr. Conservative."

"I know that this statue will serve as a beacon, reminding our nation of the timeless founding ideals Barry Goldwater so represented for so many years - of an extraordinary life well-lived in service to causes greater than one's own self-interest," McCain said.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi praised Goldwater as a visionary who was against efforts to restrict women's reproductive rights and thought gays and lesbians should be allowed to serve in the military. She also said he had great respect even for political differences of opinion.

"Barry Goldwater refused to compromise his principles - not for party, not for position," Pelosi said. "But he also recognized the value of open, candid conversation about the direction of our country."

The 8-foot-tall statue of Goldwater was first shown last March at the Arizona Capitol. The state commissioned artist Deborah Copenhaver Fellows, of Sonoita, Arizona, to create it.

Goldwater was a conservative icon who served more than three decades as a U.S. senator, retiring in 1987. He was also the Republican presidential nominee in 1964 and remains a revered figure among conservatives. He died in 1998 at age 89.

Each state can contribute two statutes to National Statuary Hall.

The other Arizona statue is of Eusebio Kino, an influential figure in the state's early frontier history.

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