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President Johnson: "Some of our folks, including some of the old China lobby, are going to the Vietnamese embassy and saying please notify the president that if he'll hold out 'til November the second they could get a better deal. Now, I'm reading their hand, Everett. I don't want to get this in the campaign."
Sen. Dirksen: "That's right".
President Johnson: "And they oughtn't to be doin' this. This is treason".
Sen. Dirksen: "I know".
President Johnson: "And my judgment is that Nixon ought to play it just like he has all along, that I want to see peace come the first day we can, that it's not going to affect the election one way or the other. The conference is not even going to be held until after the election. They have stopped shelling the cities. They have stopped going across the DMZ. We've had 24 hours of relative peace. Now, if Nixon keeps the South Vietnamese away from the conference, well, that's going to be his responsibility. Up to this point, that's why they're not there. I had them signed on board until this happened".
Sen. Dirksen: "Yeah, OK".
President Johnson: "Well, now, what do you think we ought to do about it?".
Sen. Dirksen: "Well, I better get in touch with him, I think, and tell him about it.".
President Johnson: "I think you better tell him that his people are saying to these folks that they oughtn't to go through with this meeting. Now if they don't go through with the meeting, it's not going to be me that's hurt. I think it's going to be whoever is elected, and may be--my guess--him. And I think they're making a very serious mistake, and I don't want to say this, and you're the only one I'm going to say it to.".
President Johnson: "I know this--that they're contacting a foreign power in the middle of a war".
Sen. Dirksen: "That's a mistake.".
President Johnson: "And it's a damn bad mistake. Now I don't want to say so, and you're the only man that I have confidence in to tell them. But you better tell them they better quit playing with it. And the day after the election I'll sit down with all of you and try to work it out and be helpful. But they oughtn't to knock out this conference.".
President Johnson: "You just tell them their people are messing around in this thing, and if they don't want it on the front pages, they better quit it".
Phone conversation between President Lyndon Johnson and Sen. Everett Dirksen (R) Illinois, November 2, 1968.
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