At his news conference on Friday (24 July), U.S. President Lyndon Johnson commented on civil?
At his news conference on Friday (24 July), U.S. President Lyndon Johnson commented on civil rights and the forthcoming election campaign.
He was asked about his meeting with Barry Goldwater, scheduled for two hours after the news conference. Mr. Johnson called Mr. Goldwater the "principal architect of the meeting" and said he did not see how the civil rights issued could be kept out of campaign (Mssrs. Johnson Goldwater conferred briefly at their meeting and agreed that racial tensions should be avoided during the election campaign),
He then went on to say that he did not see how any issue before the public could be left out of the campaign, and observed that: "all men and women are entitled to equal opportunity so they can be judged on their merits. To the extend Senator Goldwater differs from those views, and the Republican Party differs, there will be discussions and I intend to discuss it." He then noted that he believes that hard and difficult issues should be brought before the people so that they can be resolved.
Mr. Johnson added that "No word or deed of mine...has ever-- or, I hope will ever--lend any aid or comfort to this small minority or whatever excuse they may use."