George McGovern describes his working relationship Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield from the mid-to-late 1960s and early 1970s. McGovern relates the challenge of congressional opposition to the Vietnam War. Democrat senators, including Mansfield, struggled to find effective means to legislate an end to the war. He discusses the important role Mansfield played as majority leader putting together the non-partisan Senate Watergate Committee to investigate the scandal. McGovern also talks about his 1972 presidential campaign, for which Mansfield was repeatedly asked to be McGovern’s running mate but declined. McGovern shares that Mansfield said that his wife Maureen “doubled his life” through her unwavering support for him.
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Don Oberdorfer's Interviews about Mike Mansfield Oral History Project, OH 460
University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.): analog + 1 transcript (28pp.: 28 cm.)
McGovern, George, "George McGovern Interview, February 1, 2002" (2002). Don Oberdorfer Interviews about Mike Mansfield Oral History Project. 3.