Asked in US Presidents
What circumstances set the stage for President Johnson's Public Announcement that he would not seek another term as president?
The war in Vietnam was atttacting much protest, especially from college-age Americans. Democratic Senator McCarthy was getting votes in the primaries on an anti-war ticket and Robert Kennedy was expected to run if he thought he could win. Johnson did not want the presidency to become involved in the partisan divisions that were developing in this political year and it appeared that he would have a fight to get the nomination, so he chose not to run in March of 1968.