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RFK Says He Will Clear Future Comments on Texas with VP First

Mar. 5, 1962 - Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy said facetiously last night that any future comments he might make about Texas would be cleared with Vice President Johnson, on orders of President Kennedy. In answering a question in Jakarta, the Attorney General indicated that he did not think the war with Mexico was a very bright page in the history of the U.S. This touched off an uproar, especially in Texas. The President’s brother was asked last night on “Update,” an NBC-TV program, whether he had anything further to add about the Mexican war. He said that when he returned to Washington and went to the White House, he found Mr. Johnson, a Texan, with the President. “The President said that he wasn’t going to muzzle me, but from now on all speeches on Texas should be cleared with the Vice President,” the Attorney General said.

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