March 31, 1968: In a prime time address that stunned the nation, President Johnson said he would not seek re-election. LBJ, overwhelmed by Vietnam, barely won the New Hampshire primary over Eugene McCarthy a few weeks earlier, then saw his arch-rival Robert Kennedy join the race. Had LBJ run and gotten re-elected in 1968, he might have died in office. His fatal heart attack on January 22, 1973 came two days after his term would have ended.
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“I shall not seek, and I will not accept the nomination of my party for another term as your president." – Lyndon Johnson
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