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LBJ Explains His Policy Priorities To Walter Reuther

In this brief conversation excerpt, recorded a month after President Kennedy's assassination, President Johnson laid out some of his policy priorities. Johnson told Walter Reuther, the president of United Auto Workers, that that he planned to cut excess production in the nation's atomic bomb program and shift the money that would be saved to "human needs." The resulting social programs would soon become Johnson's War on Poverty. In this very early conception, the resulting anti-poverty program would be primarily about jobs and education.

Date:  Dec 23, 1963
Participants:  Lyndon Johnson, Walter Reuther
Conversation Number:  K6312-16-06

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