In an attempt to halt the trend that could well bring Senator John F. Kennedy?
"How can we live on the same glove as the Soviet union? How can we prevent the outbreak of war? How can we protect our security? How can we maintain the peace? Now these problems will test the best of all of us. Senator Johnson said on Sunday night - on Monday morning, that Mrs Johnson said to him "I think, sometimes, supposed we won?" I agree with him, the problems and responsibilities will dwarf the talents of any American.
If Senator Johnson is nominated, I will stomp all over Mass with him to make sure that Mass. supports him in November; and I am confident, that if I am nominated in this Convention, Senator Johnson will take me by the hand through the length and breadth of Texas for the same purpose. Thank you very much....(Applause)
SENATOR JOHNSON SPEAKING:
"All of us in this room know, and the Senator and I have heard it emphasized on us in the last few weeks, that we are only minutes away from Mr. Khrushchev's missiles. Just as Mr.K. knows - and I never want him to forget - that he is only minutes away from our missile deterrent (applause). In the past two weeks, two of America's airplanes have been shot down by Russia;; 4 American boys will never come home - they're dead. In the past 48 hours, Mr.Khrushchev - who was demanding an apology from our President in Paris, has threatened to support a Communists puppet state in Cuba:"............
GV Biltmore Hotel.
CU Sign "California Convention Committee".
CU (SOF) Kennedy speaks.
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CU (SOF) Kennedy speaks.
SV (SOF) Senator Johnson speaks.
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Background: In an attempt to halt the trend that could well bring Senator John F. Kennedy victory in the first ballot of the day-old Convention in Los Angeles, USA, the other principal candidate for the American Democratic Party's Presidential nomination, Senator Lyndon Johnson of Texas, challenged the 43-year-old Massachusetts Senator July 12 to appear with him on public radio-television to debate major issues.
Expecting a test of strength between their two champions, supporters from both States gathered at the Biltmore Hotel. They were disappointed. Both men failed to impress with their summing up of events and their solutions for dealing with them. Senator Kennedy gave the impression of accepting the occasion merely as an opportunity to win support from the Texas delegates. He assured them that if he lost the nomination to Senator Johnson, he would rally Massachusetts behind the Texas Senator at the November Presidential election. On the other hand, he was sure that Senator Johnson would respond similarly if the situation was reversed.
After the carnival-like atmosphere of the Democratic Convention's opening at the mammoth Los-Angeles open-air sports arena, it became increasingly obvious that Senator Kennedy would gain the nomination either after the first ballot July 13, but certainly after the second on July 14. Unofficial charts revealed that he had gained 742 1/2 out of a total of 761 needed for victory. Senator Johnson was credited with only 407. 3,150 delegates share 1,521 votes in deciding who will represent them in their fights to wrest the Presidency from the Republican Party in November.
The broadest civil-rights platform in the American Democratic Party's history was approved July 12 by the Convention's committee. Approved 74-20, despite opposition from Southern delegates, their decision commits them to make full use of Federal government authority to combat infringement of any constitutionally guaranteed rights. This aims specifically at the present Negro problem.