Interview with Price Daniel, October 18, 1976

Project: Earle C. Clements Oral History Project

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In this interview, Price Daniel, former U.S. senator from Texas, describes his first meeting with Senator Earle C. Clements in 1953. He discusses the 1952 presidential election in Texas, Clements' relationship with Lyndon B. Johnson in the Senate, and the reason for Clements' quick rise to an influential position in the Senate. Price also talks about the Tidelands issue and Clements' involvement. He provides insight on Clements' views on Senator Joseph McCarthy, and Johnson and Clements' lack of criticism of the Eisenhower administration. Daniel also expresses his support of Eisenhower's policies and his time as attorney general in the Marion Sweat desegregation lawsuit. He discusses Clements' views on desegregation as opposed to other Southern senators, Clements' roles as minority and majority whip, and Clements' leadership style compared to Lyndon Johnson's. Daniel also talks about Clements as a political moderate, Clements' and Johnson's opinion of Daniel leaving the Senate to run for governor of Texas, and Clements' support for Johnson for president at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles in 1960. He describes Clements' personality, Clements' relationship with Senator William Knowland and Senator Robert Taft, and provides his impression of Chief Justice Fred Vinson during Sledd vs. Painter. Daniel also talks about President Truman's influence.

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1976oh079_clem018

Interviewee Name

Price Daniel

Interviewer Name

Terry L. Birdwhistell

Interview Date

1976-10-18

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Daniel, Price Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 18 Oct. 1976. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Daniel, P. (1976, October 18). Interview by T. L. Birdwhistell. Earle C. Clements Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Daniel, Price, interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. October 18, 1976, Earle C. Clements Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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