Interview with Walter Mondale
QUESTION 3
INTERVIEWER:

UM, NOW COMING INTO THE CONVENTION, WHAT WAS IT THAT WAS THE REAL CHALLENGE? THIS MISSISSIPPI FREEDOM DEMOCRATS PARTY CAME IN AND, AND CHALLENGED THE REGULAR MISSISSIPPI DELEGATION. WHAT WAS IT ABOUT THAT CHALLENGE THAT WAS SO DISTURBING TO PRESIDENT JOHNSON?

Walter Mondale:

I don't think it was. I think the probl—what was difficult was how to resolve it. In other words, you, there was no question that the Mississippi uh, regular Democratic Party delegation was segregated. And there was no question that the black competing delegation, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Delegation, was also virtually uh, a single non party group that came up to present themselves as a party—how to resolve the basic underlying unj—injustice of it all, and at the same time, put in-, into place, a system that would create integrated parties in the South—that was the tough part of it. It's easy to be, uh, on one side or the other, but how to resolve it. That's what, well that's what was difficult.