Think Progress » Foxx: Republicans ‘Passed Civil Rights Bills Back In The 60s Without Very Much Help’ From Democrats <excerpt> Foxxs claim that Republicans were the real engine behind the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a common notion among conservatives. But as Cardoza points out, it was President Lyndon Johnson who choreographed passage of this historic measure in 1964. In fact, the Republican presidential candidate in 1964, Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-AZ), voted against the legislation. To support the claim that Republicans were actually the architects of civil rights, conservatives often point out that a higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats supported the civil-rights bill. But this ignores the distinct split between Northern and Southern politicians on the issue. When this is taken into account, the facts show that in both the North and the South, Democrats supported the 1964 Civil Rights Act at a higher rate than the Republicans.