George McGovern Interview, February 1, 2002


George McGovern


Don Oberdorfer



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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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Document Type

Oral History

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Japan; China; Vietnam



Original Collection

Don Oberdorfer's Interviews about Mike Mansfield Oral History Project, OH 460

Holding Institution

University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Holder

Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections at the University of Montana, Mansfield Library.

Oral History Number

OH 460-032

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.): analog + 1 transcript (28pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:23:10 minutes

Local Filename

OH_460_032.mp3; OH_460_032.pdf

George McGovern Interview, February 1, 2002