Johnson Goes All the Way for Ralph Twice this summer President Johnson has emphatically endorsed Sen. Ralph Yarborough for re-election. At the Texas AFL-CIO convention in Brownsville, Johnson said by telephone-loudspeaker hookup from Washington, “The place for Ralph Yarborough is in the Senate of the United States,” and “Will all of you roll up your sleeves, take off your hats, and get out there and let’s get busy and elect Ralph Yarborough to the Senate, and let’s have a good Democratic victory in November.” The President’s staff has also released the transcript of the President’s endorsement of Yarborough during his birthday party at Stonewall after the Democratic national convention. Johnson said then: “You have heard and you have read that Sen. Yarborough and I have had differences at times. I have read a good deal more about them and I have heard a good deal more about them than I was ever aware of. But I do want to say this, that I don’t think that Texas has had a senator during my lifetime whose record I am more familiar with than Sen. Yarborough’s. And I don’t think Texas has had a senator that voted for the people more than Sen. Yarborough has voted for them. And no member of the U.S. Senate has stood up and fought for me or fought for the people more since I became President than Ralph Yarborough. “He is the Democratic nominee of the good Democrats of this state for the six-year assignment as the U.S. senator. We have one Republican senator from Texas already, and I am hopeful that all of you who claim to be Democrats, all of you who pretend to be Democrats, all of you who want to be Democrats, all of you who are really good Americans, will go out come election day, and send to Washington to help Hubert Humphrey and me in the program for all the people of this nationRalph Yarborough.” E] had given REA his 100% support, but is now opposed by Bush, “whose national leader is quoted in a special report of the Congressional Quarterly at a press conference in Denver, Colo., on May 3, 1963: The time has come ‘to dissolve the Rural Electrification Administration.’ ” Bush “wouldn’t know a cotton boll from a corn shuck,” yet levels “so un-Texan a blow at the farmers and ranchers of Texas,” Yarborough said. “To sell the REA’s in Texas to the private power monopoly would be carrying out the demands of the big Eastern power structure and the wishes of the New York investment bankers who handle the private power monopoly financing. My opponent is in line to inherit his share of that New York investment banking structure,” ‘ Yarborough told the Texas REA people. \(Bush’s father, former Sen. Prescott Bush, Conn., was recorded in the Wall Street Journal of July 6, 1964, as one of the partners in Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., bankers, investment advisers, and “My record of support for the rural coops will no doubt be used by the private power monopoly to raise money against me,” the senator said. “I have given this support in the full knowledge that there are times when representation of the people can be politically dangerous, but I have never run for office the easy way.” Yarborough’s campaign co-chairmen are Walter Hall, Dickinson banker, and Fagan Dickson, Austin lawyer. “They will try to collect some Texas dimes to offset the Eastern bankrolls,” Yarborough said. Hall said “the Bush forces are going to try to buy a seat in the United States Senate.” Yarborough contended to the Texas rural letter-carriers in Corpus Christi that the U.S. is now experiencing the longest and strongest economic peacetime expansion in a century, with the gross national product up 17%, industrial production up 24%, and corporation profits up 41%, new or improved social security benefits for more than 5,000,000 persons, more housing and highways, 100,000 created new jobs in rural areas through A.R.A. and many others created in the cities through accelerated public works. All the while, he said, personal income taxes were cut almost 20%and, for persons earning $3,000 or less, by almost 40%. Johnson is sure to win Texas, he said in Corpus. Bush, his own opponent, has no experience or accomplishment in politics, except “making the seconding speech for Goldwater in Harris County,” he said. In North Texas, during a Fort Worth-North Texas appreciation dinner, Yarborough sliced at Bush on grounds that the GOP national platform charges politics in the awarding of the TFX contract to Fort Worth. Yarborough said his opponent had been charging in speeches over Texas that the senator had kept his son, Richard, on the federal payroll at $12,000 a year while he was finishing law school. Yarborough 4 The Texas Observer recited that his son finished law school in 1955 and after time in the service took a job as the senator’s assistant legislative assistant in 1958 at about $6,000 a year. He was promoted to legislative assistant after several years, and his pay exceeded $12,000 per year for the first time in 1962. “I have had many difficult political campaigns in Texas, but this year is the first time that my opponents have descended to the villainy of a lying attack upon my good family,” he said. Yarborough reads, from Bush’s campaign material, that Zapata Oil Co., of which Bush is board chairman, drills for oil in Kuwait, the Persian Gulf, Borneo, and Trinidad, West Indies. “Every producing oil well drilled in foreign countries by American companies means more cheap foreign oil in American ports, fewer acres of Texas land under oil and gas lease, less income to Texas farmers and ranchers . . .” the senator says. “This issue is clear-cut in this campaigna Democratic senator who is fighting for the life of the free enterprise system as exemplified by the independent oil and gas producers in Texas, and a Republican candidate who is the contractual driller for the international oil cartel.” George’s Case George Bush’s campaign was, until this week, taken up mainly in organizing local groups to support him. He has set forth his conservative Republican points of view on issues, and he has, in his speeches, leaned heavily against almost everything Yarborough stands for. He, like Goldwater, offers “a choice not an echo.” He told Republicans in state convention last June “how I plan to beat Yarborough in November.” First, “by broadening and extending the vast statewide organization.” Second, with money, since labor “is prepared to dump hundreds of thousands of dollars into its campaign to save Yarborough’s skin. We must be prepared to do the sameperhaps even more.” Third, by using newspapers, radio, and “most especially, television.” In twenty points Bush has summarized his philosophy, which he says amounts to “A Freedom Package.” He advocates: “A firm, positive foreign policy that will not confuse and perplex our allies and will regain for the U.S. the international prestige it has forfeited”; a balanced budget; Kerr-Mills medical care for the aged \(not and fair play for Negroes, but he is opposed to the civil rights law; state financmilitary strength; “As presently constituted, the UN is deficient and has been a failure in preserving peace”; should Red China be admitted, the U.S. should withdraw; utmost support for NATO; the nuclear test ban treaty “will not work”; “recognition of a Cuban government in exile and support of this government to reclaim its country”; “Foreign aid should be reduced drastically except in those areas where technological and military assistance is necessary to the defense of the free world and is economically advantageous to the U.S.”; the Connally Reservation to the International Court of Justice agreements is a good thing; Reduction of oil and beef imports; retention of the oil depletion allowance, and free gas producers from federal price controls at the wellhead; a free-market agricultural economy “Subsidies certainly cannot be removed overnight, but I would
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