Interview with Senator Ralph Yarborough
QUESTION 6
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT WAS THE MOOD IN THE SENATE, OR WHAT WAS THE TALK IN THE SENATE?

Senator Ralph Yarborough:

Well, the Senate when I went there was very closely divided. Had I been defeated in the primaries and the election in Texas, this would affect the general relation, the vacancy there, had a Republican candidate won, and the Republicans were making a strong effort, there were twenty-seven candidates, twenty-six of us Democrats, and one Republican, the high man took over. I was fortunate enough to be high man, and uh, no run off and the Republicans were hoping strongly because of the twenty-six candidates on the Democratic side including Martin Dies and a number of very well known people, there was the commissioner of agriculture and uh it was touch and go. So, when I came to the Senate, I got a great welcome, because had I been defeated and the Republican elected, the, the personnel of the Senate would have changed, that would have been a tie and the Vice President Nixon could have broken the tie and they'd take away all the committee chairmanships. They would have taken away all those, so the first few days I was there I got the grandest welcome I'd ever had anywhere. That meant…