Tonkin Gulf Resolution – Johnson used the events in Tonkin Gulf in August 1964 to boost his run for the presidency in 1964 against Barry Goldwater. The North Vietnamese on August 2 and 4 allegedly fired upon two American destroyer, and Johnson moved swiftly to make political hay out of the episode. He ordered a “limited” retaliatory air raid against North Vietnamese bases. Johnson used the event to spur the congressional passage of the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, in which lawmakers virtually abdicated their war-declaring powers and handed the president a blank check to use further force in Vietnam. Johnson won the ’64 election 43.13 million to 27.2 million, and with an Electoral College count of 486-52.