Newstalgia Reference Room - Sen. Eugene McCarthy 1961

Newstalgia Reference Room - an interview with Sen. Eugene McCarthy (D-Minn) on the previous session of Congress, in October 1961

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Most people think of Eugene McCarthy as the Peace Candidate during the 1968 Presidential election. His adamant stance against the war in Vietnam was well known and he was one of the more prominent "dove" senators on Capitol Hill throughout the later 1960's.

But McCarthy actually goes back quite a long ways, as far as 1949 when he was first elected to the House from his native Minnesota. By the time of this interview, from the ABC Radio From The Capitol series on October 24, 1961, McCarthy was already a familiar fixture around Washington and during this panel interview is asked about the previous session of Congress and what 1962 was going to look like.

Sen. Eugene McCarthy: “This is a time at which Senators and members of Congress as well as newspaper men and columnists do back off and take a kind of long range view of the session of Congress, of its achievements, it’s accomplishments and its failures. And then after a suitable pause look forward to the next session of Congress. I think that generally this was a productive session, it was not one in which there was any great victories I suppose of a startling nature. But the victories were rather broadly based and I think of general significance.”

There was also talk about passing a comprehensive Healthcare bill and an Aid to Education. And we know what happened to those . . .

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