Video Exercise

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In Chapter 6, we discussed internal negotiations among party elites and the transformation of the presidential primary process after 1968. Listen to this conversation between President Lyndon B. Johnson and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley on February 2, 1968:

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Johnson withdrew from the Democratic primary race for re-election on March 31, 1968. In this phone call, he and Daley are discussing his competition. They speak of convention delegates, the threat from Robert F. Kennedy, and several party factions.
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How did political parties select presidential nominees before the reforms following the 1968 election? How does this phone call illustrate how the process worked before reform?
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What is Johnson complaining about? What intelligence does Daley provide in response?
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of having party leaders decide the presidential nominees, rather than voters in primary elections and caucuses?

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