This is the first of two episodes where we give you a chance to listen in on John Connally giving advice to Presidents of the United States.
In this first episode, we listen to the Texas Governor advising his old friend and mentor Lyndon Johnson as to how things look on the ground throughout the south just before the 1964 election.
It is with Johnson that Connally had the most influence and in whose debt Connally was the most in for his own remarkable career. John Connally had been LBJ's campaign manager throughout many of the Presidents political races and Connally had Johnson's ear.
It is also worth noting that it was Connally that managed both of Johnson's campaigns for the United States Senate, one in which he called in his vote totals on time only to watch the Johnson lead evaporate into a loss to former Texas Governor W. Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel, and then, seven years later, it was John Connally who was on the ground in Alice, Texas when LBJ won his Senate seat by 87 votes in one precinct in which it was alleged the voter roll sheet had been signed in the same ink, with the same handwriting, to carry Johnson into history over another Texas Governor, Coke Stevenson.
In this episode you will hear the two men discuss the 1964 campaign and where Johnson stands and just how big a disaster a Robert Kennedy appointment to the Vice Presidency would be for the campaign in the South.