Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Mark O. Hatfield, June 28, 1984

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:02 - Meeting John Sherman Cooper / 1964 Republican National Convention

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Partial Transcript: The following is an unrehearsed interview with Senator Mark O. Hatfield of Oregon.

Segment Synopsis: Hatfield recalls when he met Cooper, which was during the 1952 Republican National Convention. Hatfield details his experiences of the 1964 Republican National Convention, including a speech he gave. Cooper's role in the convention is also briefly discussed.

Keywords: 1952 Republican National Convention; 1964 Republican National Convention; Animosity; Barry Goldwater; California delegation; Conventions; Democrats; Extremism; John Sherman Cooper; Kentucky delegation; Keynote speakers; Nelson Rockefeller; Permanent chairman; Political convictions; Political nominations; Politics; Principles; Republicans; Senate; Senators; Thruston Morton; Votes; William Knowland; William Scranton

Subjects: Communists; Competition; Ku Klux Klan (1915- ); Politicians; Speeches; Washington (D.C.)

00:06:46 - Cooper's voting habits

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Partial Transcript: Now early in his Senate career, Cooper established in his very first term, 1946-'47, he established a--a great reputation for independent voting.

Segment Synopsis: Hatfield considers why Cooper voted independent of his party very frequently in the Senate.

Keywords: Character; Government; John Sherman Cooper; Mechanics of politics; Organizational politics; Philosophy of politics; Political parties; Republicans; Robert Taft; Senate; Senators; Votes

Subjects: Leadership; Politicians; Power; Voting; Washington (D.C.)

00:09:53 - Political ideologies / Cooper and civil rights

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Partial Transcript: Ideologically, Cooper was a Republican, but emotionally, he was a New Dealer.

Segment Synopsis: Hatfield discusses Cooper's political ideology. Hatfield offers his opinion on the ideology of a New Deal politician. Hatfield also briefly articulates Cooper's role in the civil rights movement.

Keywords: Centralized power; Centrism; Conservative movement; Franklin D. Roosevelt; John Sherman Cooper; Monarchy; Republicans; Senate; Senators; Social programs

Subjects: African Americans--Segregation; African Americans--Social conditions.; Bureaucracy; Civil rights; Civil rights movement; Conservative; Ideology; Liberals; New Deal, 1933-1939; Philosophy; Politicians; Race discrimination.; United States--Race relations.; Washington (D.C.)

00:11:44 - Cold War policy / Cooper's faults

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Partial Transcript: Do you recall more about, uh--(clears throat)--things like the ABM, uh, debate...

Segment Synopsis: Hatfield describes Cooper's Cold War-era ideals. Hatfield discusses the political context behind Cooper's views. Hatfield also talks of Cooper's faults.

Keywords: Anti-communism; Demeanor; East-West relations; Government; Human relations; John Sherman Cooper; Senate; Senators; Vietnam policy; World communism

Subjects: Cold War; Communism; Politicians; Soviet Union; Vietnam War, 1961-1975; Washington (D.C.)

00:14:48 - Hatfield-McGovern amendment

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Partial Transcript: Were you surprised when he voted against the Hatfield-McGovern--

Segment Synopsis: Hatfield explains why he believes Cooper voted against his amendment (the Hatfield-McGovern amendment).

Keywords: George McGovern; Hatfield-McGovern amendment; Individualism; John Sherman Cooper; Policy; Senate; Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Senators; Votes; William Fulbright

Subjects: Politicians; Strategy; Voting; War; Washington (D.C.)