LBJ Tapes Reflect 1968 Turbulence

By: AP
By: AP

AUSTIN (AP) - Politically crippled by the Vietnam War, President
Lyndon B. Johnson still sounded like a candidate for re-election in
private 1968 telephone conversations just before deciding to pull
out of the race. That's according to recordings released today.
Johnson sought support from labor leaders and talked of winning
state primaries heading into that year's Democratic National
Convention -- despite potential threats to his candidacy by Senator
Robert F. Kennedy and others in his party.
Laced throughout the talks were Johnson's statements about the
Vietnam War -- and the stinging criticism he faced from hawks and
doves alike.
In one conversation, while explaining the difficulties in
deciding on troop levels, Johnson said -- quote -- "It's a hell of
a calculation to know what is enough and what is too much."
The LBJ Library and Museum released recorded conversations today
covering early 1968, Johnson's last full year as president.
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