'A big victory tonight, Mr. President'

'A big victory tonight, Mr. President'

Listen in as the candidates congratulate each other—and bemoan the physical toll of a campaign

In this call on election evening 1964, President Lyndon Johnson talks with his running mate, Hubert Humphrey. By the time of this call, it was becoming clear that the Johnson-Humphrey ticket was going to win the election handily. Johnson tells Humphrey of the physical toll the campaign had taken on him. In a previous call with Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Johnson described himself as "punch drunk."

Having campaigned late into the evening in Houston and Austin, Johnson had returned to his ranch near Johnson City. Early on election day he had cast his vote at the local court house and had then returned to the ranch to recuperate before his scheduled departure for the Driskill Hotel in nearby Austin later that evening to await the election returns.

Date:  Nov 03, 1964
Participants:  Lyndon B. Johnson, Hubert H. Humphrey
Conversation Number:  WH6411.01-6121