Interview with Walter Mondale
QUESTION 16
INTERVIEWER:

OK. NOW… PRESIDENT JOHNSON OBVIOUSLY WANTED TO SOLVE THIS AS QUICKLY, AS EASILY… AND AS, AS PRIVATELY AS WAS POSSIBLE, MAYBE NOT ENTIRELY. UM, WHAT DO YOU THINK HE USED AS, AS HIS CARDS, WHAT WERE HIS PRESSURE POINTS IN THIS, IN THIS NEGOTIATION?

Walter Mondale:

Well as I said, I never talked to Lyndon Johnson once, uh, I worked for Hubert Humphrey, with Walter Reuther uh, with Joe Rauh who was representing or working with the Mississippi Freedom Democrats um, with… some of the names skip me right now, but you know, I had had a lot of years in the civil rights movement and so on, so I'd, I knew most of the players. And we were trying to come up, as I've said before and I won't repeat it… with, with the answer that would provide the future for a nonsegregated Democratic party, and we did. And it took two or three days to uh, uh, uh, review this with everyone concerned and I think the result we came up with was uh, quite acceptable.