Interview with Walter Mondale
QUESTION 52
INTERVIEWER:

I THINK I WAS ASKING: YOU GET THE COMPROMISE, YOU THINK YOU'VE DONE THE BEST YOU CAN, YOU REALLY DO THINK IT'S THE RIGHT THING, AND THERE THEY ARE MAKING A MESS OF THINGS. AND HOW'D YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT?

Walter Mondale:

Well that's, that's the Democratic Party. We have uh, uh, was it Will Rogers said, "I don't belong to any organized political party, I'm a Democrat." Uh, they had a powerful moral case to make. And I do not think they were seasoned uh, political party types. They were protesters, and they had a protest that was very very powerful: discrimination, uh, and abuse. And, and they believed that the only remedy was to be seated. And even though we accepted the strength of their moral case, created a revolution in terms of our party and civil rights that has worked from here on out – they saw the seating of the delegation as the central point. And that we couldn't give to them, and so they were angry and hurt and uh, they did what they did and I more or less expected it.