Mike Mansfield describes his relationship with President Lyndon B. Johnson, especially regarding the Vietnam War. He talks about how he constantly opposed the war and advised the president against escalating the conflict. He recalls a tense exchange with President John F. Kennedy over Mansfield's report on Vietnam. He remembers his first trip to China in 1922 and a 1954 SEATO meeting. During the meeting, Mansfield argued with John Foster Dulles, President Eisenhower’s Secretary of State, on whether to sanction U.S. military action against China.
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Montana; China; Japan; Vietnam
Don Oberdorfer Interviews with Mike Mansfield Oral History Project, OH 391, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (11 p.: 28 cm.)
Mansfield, Mike, "Mike Mansfield Interview, July 24, 1998" (1998). Don Oberdorfer Interviews with Mike Mansfield Oral History Project. 1.