The 1964 election, LBJ and Goldwater

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Barry Goldwater, Arizona state senator, decided to run for the office of President of the United States of America in 1964. His opponent was Lyndon Baynes Johnson who had held the office the year previous due to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. One of the biggest issues for both candidates was the situation in Vietnam. Vietnam was the longest war in which the US took part. It lasted between 1957 and 1975, but the US did not …

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…interests. LBJ ended up winning the election of 1964 in an electoral landslide: 486 to 52 over Goldwater. Many felt though that this election was a revolutionary one in that finally people realized that there was more to the president than what they originally thought. There were many other issues in this election, obviously, yethow the president would react towards Vietnam was definitely on the minds of the people as they went to the polls on November 8th, 1964.