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Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) was sworn in as president following the assassination of John F. Kennedy in November of 1963. When he ran against Senator Barry Goldwater a year later, he won in a landslide victory. He received 61% of the popular vote, the largest percentage of the popular vote of any candidate since the largely uncontested presidential election in 1820.
After winning the 1964 election, Johnson immediately focused on his campaign to create a "Great Society" and fought for social programs and legislation including Medicare, public broadcasting, and Head Start as well as the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act. A democrat from Texas, LBJ was a high school teacher elected to the House of Representatives in 1937. He then served as a Senator before running with John F. Kennedy as his vice president in the 1960 presidential election. Despite his success with domestic policy, Johnson was heavily criticized for not getting the US out of the Vietnam War and ultimately declined to run for reelection when his term ended in 1968.
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