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I do want to admit I took a lot of inspiration for Hoover's fall from House of Cards and how the Washington Harold made a case against Underwood, but if you watch the show mine goes farther. Just wanted to give credit.

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Funny enough my great grandfather worked for Hoover for decades and retired a few months before Hoover's death.

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Jan 4th, 1960


Hello and welcome back to PI Radio! New polls were released today and they showed some very interesting tidbits. President Nixon is facing some serious challenge from former President Eisenhower. Nixon leads in projected delegates and in the polling, but Eisenhower is not far behind. Rockefeller is in third place but doesn’t have a long way to catch up to the two Presidents. Onto the Democratic primaries Sen. Kennedy leads the pact with Sen. Johnson not far behind. They two make up almost 40 percent. In third place at 9 points is the former nominee Stevenson. This is by far one of the largest fields we’ve seen in decades. 12 candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination. Likely because of the perceived weak incumbent status of Pres. Nixon. Onto general polling and initially its bad. The Republicans are behind 5 points with the Democrats leading in most of the South and the Plains regions. The Republicans are polling better in the South, but at the moment seems unlikely to flip any states. With 309 days to go who will win the nominations and become the President for the next 4 years?
 

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Mar. 9th, 1960


Welcome back to PI Radio! Today New Hampshire voted and we got some results that cemented our frontrunners. Pres. Nixon won a close contested primary beating Rockefeller by just a couple of points. On the Democratic side Sen. Johnson has won 20 points ahead of Sen. Kennedy at 36 points. Sen. Johnson’s lead has grown this last month from 3 points to 13, he now leads in almost every state, but Wisconsin, Ohio, and Massachusetts. Onto the general polling it seems whoever wins the Democratic nomination will be heavily favoured in November. The Democrats currently lead 52 to 41 points and is projected to win almost 450 electoral votes if the election was held today. With 244 days left who will come out on top?
 

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Mar. 13th, 1960


Special report! It seems Sen. Johnson will likely become Pres. Johnson as Symington, Humphry, Long, Brown, Smathers, Morse, and Kefauver has all dropped out in the last 4 days. This makes the race a 2 man race with the odds heavily in the favour for Sen. Johnson. Sen. Underwood has dropped out on the Republican side, but it is unlikely to cause mch upset. Have a wonderful rest of your day!
 

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Mar. 22nd, 1960


Welcome back to our March update report. It seems Sen. Johnson’s lead has grown from the candidates dropping out. Since last week Sen. McCarthy and Gov. Rockefeller have both dropped out. Rockefeller's departure makes this a true two way race between the Presidents that Nixon is handedly winning. Can former Pres. Eisenhower come back to win? Can Sen. Johnson continue to hold his lead and can Sen. Kennedy win Wisconsin and stop Johnson’s momentum?
 

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Apr. 5th, 1960


Welcome back today was the Wisconsin primary and Sen. Johnson apparently could not keep up to Sen. Kennedy. Kennedy won by over 10 points striking a blow to the frontrunner. Gov. Stevenson dropped out a couple of days ago along with DiSalle making this between the two frontrunners. Kennedy has rebounded in a few states such as New York, Pennsylvania, and Maine but he is still thousands of delegates down. Pres Nixon has won Wisconsin seemingly taking any last ditch effort Eisenhower had to steal thunder from Nixon. The Republican and Democratic primaries are looking the same with the frontrunners both at 50 something point with the other candidate at 30 something points. Can the frontrunners maintain their lead? We shall see.
 

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Apr. 26th, 1960


Welcome back! It seems Pres. Nixon refuses to allow former Pres. Eisenhower to even win one state. Sen. Kennedy has beaten Sen. Johnson again, but this time in Illinois. He is also expected to win Massachusetts and Pennsylvania in the coming days, but Ohio seems where both candidates are focusing next. Who will win?
 

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May 4th, 1960


Welcome back to PI Radio! Today Ohio and Indiana both voted in their primaries and together they rebuked Sen. Johnson and chose Sen. Kennedy. Sen. Johnson has been on a bad losing streak lately stuck in his polling numbers and has had trouble trying to heighten them. Sen. Kennedy on the other hand has been working tirelessly to show Sen. Johnson that he will not stand down and will give him a hard fight.
 

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June 11th, 1960


It seems that Sen. Johnson has been able to turn his bad luck around. He won California, pretty handedly, and has retaken the lead in New York. If he can win New York come convention it is unlikely that Sen. Kennedy can overtake him. Pres. Nixon has so far won every state that has held their primaries. Former Pres. Eisenhower has fallen flat on his campaign promise of winning the nomination. Onto the general polls the Democrats are still ahead by 8 points and their lead has stayed steady. The Republicans it seems will be heading for defeat come November.
 

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July 11th, 1960


Special Report! It’s official Sen. Johnson will be the one to face off against President Nixon come November. Will he be able to win? We’ll see and we should find out who Johnson chooses as his VP within this next week.
 

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Aug. 1st, 1960


Well the vice presidents are now chosen. Sen. Johnson has chosen Gov. Pat Brown of California while Pres. Nixon has chosen Gov. Nelson Rockefeller of New York. Isn’t it kinda crazy that the two choices for VP are from the two biggest states? With 102 days left Johnson leads Nixon by 12 points. Can Nixon recover the lost ground and can Johnson keep his lead? We’ll find out over the course of the next few months.
 

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Sep. 27th, 1960


Welcome back to Pi Radio! Yesterday the two candidates went head to head in the first national televised presidential debate. Sen. Johnson easily wiped the floor with the President. Pres. Nixon did his best to deflect attacks by Sen. Johnson, but he came at him worse than a rabid dog! At one point Pres. Nixon remarked that he was the best to lead the country. Sen. Johnson’s response? “If you’re the best, then why am I up 12 points consistently”? Whenever Pres. Nixon seemed to try to go on the offensive Sen. Johnson brought up former and disgraced President Hoover, Nixon could not deflect against those attacks without looking weak. Pres Nixon definitely lost this debate and this might be the final nail in his 1960 campaign race. Can Nixon comeback? With 42 days left it’s starting to look not possible. 
 

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Oct. 29th, 1960


Welcome back, it seems that with just 10 days away that Sen. Johnson will become the next President. Nixon seems to even know this he has not been seen on the campaign trail for the last couple of days while Sen. Johnson has been campaigning almost non stop in the Midwest trying to shore up support. With Johnson up 16 points this is his game to win.
 

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Nov. 8th, 1960

Hello and welcome to election night coverage 1960! It’s currently 7:30 and Sen. Johnson leads in all states currently reporting as well as already had a few states called for him making the count 20 to 0. Can Pres. Nixon make a miracle happen and comeback by the end of the night and win?

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After just 30 minutes and Sen. Johnson’s lead has now raised to 10 points ahead of Pres. Nixon making his lead more comfortable. Sen. Johnson has also gotten West Virginia added to his column. This election might be called early on we’ll have to see.

It’s now 9 and Sen. Johnson is only a few more states away from being called President elect. This last hour has proven very good for the Senator with all of the South being called for him as well as most of the Midwest making his new count 223 to 0. Pres. Nixon does lead in 3 states but his lead is not big enough to call them. He could avoid complete humiliation we’ll just have to see.

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Well it’s official. Pres. Johnson is a name we will soon all be seeing. Johnson has had a whole bunch of states jump to his column making his count 340 to 23. Pres. Nixon is reported to have conceded to Johnson in a short 2 minute call. What will the final results be?

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It’s now 11 and we can confirm that this will be one of the biggest landslides since Pres. Roosevelt’s wins. Sen. Johnson is currently up 20 points and that lead is expected to grow, but we shall see by midnight tonight.

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Well it’s now midnight and it seems that Johnson will not be breaking that popular vote gap. He now leads at 58 percent and at 445 to 57. That’ll be it for tonight final results will likely be out by the early morning. Goodnight and until next time.

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President Lyndon B. Johnson first term events 1960-1964

September 2nd, 1960 - Pres. Nixon sends 20,000 more troops to South Vietnam.

November 8th, 1960 - Democrats dominate in the Senate and House (Dem Reps 302 Dem Sens 70).

December 1st, 1960 - Pres. Elect Johnson travels to South Vietnam to meet with leaders of the army.

January 20th, 1961 - Lyndon B. Johnson and Pat Brown are inaugurated as President and VP.

January 21st, 1960 - Pres. Johnson declares a new era of prosperity for ‘all’ Americans, promises to expand medicaid and medicare as well as a new focus on the poor.

February 22nd, 1961 - New legislation starts to make its appearance in Congress seeking expansion of the federal welfare programs.

March 29th, 1961 - The 22nd Amendment is ratified, Pres. Johnson takes credit with his “all-American inclusion” initiative.

April 17th-19th, 1961 - Bay of Pigs invasion.

May 31st, 1961 - Pres. Johnson meets with Charles De Gaulle in Paris.

July 1st, 1961 - Pres. Johnson meets with Queen Elizabeth II.

July 4th, 1961 - Congress passes large sweeping legislation massively expanding welfare.

August 31st, 1961 - Pres. Johnson declares that there will be a man on the moon by August 31st, 1969.

December 2nd, 1961- Pres. Johnson send 200,000 more troops to South Vietnam swelling active troop number to over 500,000.

January 22nd, 1962 - VP Brown flies to Japan to ask for them to send troops to South Vietnam.

February 3rd, 1962 - Japan send 55,000 troops to South Vietnam.

April 3rd, 1962 - Political analysts predict the US Government has promised too much in welfare to keep up with it.

June 2nd, 1962 - Allied-South Vietnam troops reach less than 10 miles away from Hanoi.

September 14th, 1962 - The 23rd Amendment, Poll Tax amendment, is submitted for ratification.

October 28th, 1962 - U.S. and U.S.S.R. stand off for over 12 hours before both reaching a deal. (Cuban Missile Crisis)

November 6th, 1962 - Republicans make slight gains in both chambers (Dem Reps 276 Dem Sens 66).

January 14th, 1963 - Pres. Johnson declares that North Vietnam surrender to their ‘democratic brothers and sisters’.

March, 20th, 1963 - North Vietnam is cut off from it’s coast.

Summer 1963 - Thousands die in famine in North Vietnam due to food shortages and riots.

August 28th, 1963 - MLKJ “I have a dream” speech, VP Brown attends.

October 28th, 1963 - Former VP Tom Connally dies.

November 3rd, 1963 - North Vietnam gains back some of it’s coast.

November 22nd, 1963 - VP Brown is wounded in an assassination attempt in Dallas Texas.

January 23rd, 1964 - The 23rd Amendment is ratified.

March 3rd, 1964 - South Vietnam receives 50 billion in aid from Pres. Johnson as well as 35,000 more troops.

Analysis: President Johnson has accomplished his initial goals of expanding medicare and medicaid, but at the possibility of breaking the bank within the next 20 years. He has also tripled down on the Vietnam war not wanting to embarrass us on the world stage. So he has had a successful domestic and foreign front. He does still have many, especially in the South thinking they should have chosen someone else with his endorsement of the civil rights movement and aggressive foreign policy. Also they avoided nuclear annihilation which is always a plus.

Approval of Pres. Johnson at beginning of primaries: 60

Approval of VP Brown at beginning of primaries: 59

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1964 Presidential Election

Democratic Primaries

Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson

Gov. George Wallace

 

Republican Primaries

Gov. Barry Goldwater

Sen. Margret Chase (Me)

Gov. Nelson Rockefeller

Gov. Bill Scranton

Rep. John W. Byrnes

Fmr. Gov. Harold Stassen

Gov. Jim Rhodes

Sen. Hiram Fong

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Jan. 1st, 1964

Welcome to the first ever television broadcast of Presidential Infinity Television, or PVT for short. I am your returning news anchor brought over by the PI Radio crew. From now on we will only be doing news broadcasts. So now unto our presidential primaries. For the Democrats it’s President Johnson and he is facing some stiff competition. He seems to be having a hard time shoring up competition in these areas in red:

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Can he shore up support? We still have about 5 months until the convention so we have enough time to see. He is currently 7 points ahead in the polls so a decent lead. Onto the Republican Primaries Sen. Goldwater has a commanding lead in states over his 7 other challengers along with a 9 point lead in the polls. Sen. Smith is in second place with 17 point and leading in about half a dozen states mainly in the north east. Here is the current map:

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The other states are split up between the other challengers with about 1 state each. Will anyone be able to overcome Sen. Goldwater? The general isn’t looking so good for the Republicans:

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They’re currently down 9 points and behind in so many key states. Who will overcome? With 307 days left we have a whole lot of time to find out, so until next time.

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Mar. 2nd, 1964


Welcome back to PITV! Today some new polls were released and it has some good news for our underdogs. Sen. Chase has gained a little and now is only 4 points behind Sen. Goldwater. She is also widely expected to win New Hampshire in 8 days. Gov. Wallace is still behind by 9 points but he has maintained that deficit against all odds. Pres. Johnson is also widely expected to win New Hampshire also. We will see in 8 days!
 

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