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Cold War Files: All Units: Events: Johnson Announces Decision Not To Run for Re-election

March 31, 1968
Johnson Announces Decision Not To Run for Re-election

President Johnson stuns the world by announcing his surprise decision not to seek re-election. He also announces a partial bombing halt and urges Hanoi to begin peace talks. "We are prepared to move immediately toward peace through negotiations." As a result, peace talks soon begin. The bombing halt only affects targets north of the 20th parallel, including Hanoi.

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