Interview with Walter Mondale
QUESTION 50
INTERVIEWER:

BUT HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN, WHEN THE MFDP, NOT ONLY REJECTED THIS COMPROMISE BUT THEY STARTED SITTING IN AND RAISING …

Walter Mondale:

We expected that. In other words, they wanted, they, the Mississippi Freedom delegation wanted the white delegation kicked out and they wanted their delegation seated and they in effect, wanted to be anointed the party, official party of Mississippi. Uh, I never accepted that as a good long-term answer, because I think what we really wanted, what I really wanted, was an integrated party in Mississippi, which incidentally is what we got. And that meant we should change the rules uh, prohibit discrimination, adopt this Civil Rights Act, what I call, for the Democratic Party, and have a healthy long-term uh, integrated party in Mississippi that uh, would be Democrats regardless of white or black. And that's what we did.