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“Can’t You Help Me”


Photo credit: Yoichi Okamoto

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As part of an extraordinarily complex legislative strategy, President Johnson needed key Democratic votes in the Senate Finance Committee for parts of the tax cut bill. With an eye on the November election, he applied the legendary “Johnson Treatment” to Sen. R. Vance Hartke [D–Indiana] and Sen. Abraham A. “Abe” Ribicoff [D–Connecticut] in back-to-back conversations. 


January 23, 1964
1964 Tax Cut, Johnson Treatment
Oval Office
WH6401-19-1492; WH6401-19-1493

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