To Moyers, the President offered candid commentary on his defeat in Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
President Johnson: I’m sorry about Georgia.
I didn’t care about the other Southern states. Louisiana’s a bunch of crooks. And Mississippi is too ignorant to know any better, and Alabama’s the same way.
But Georgia knows better. And Georgia is a good state. We just got in a crossfire there.
Bill Moyers: Yes.
President Johnson: We had a young governor [Carl Sanders] that [Richard] Russell’s afraid is going to run against him, and he [Russell] wanted to penalize him.