It’s primary election day in Illinois (and Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio), and we’re continuing our theme of interviews with and about presidential candidates

In March of 1975, former Minnesota senator Eugene McCarthy joined Studs in the studio to talk about his planned presidential candidacy for 1976.  He ran as an independent candidate for the Committee for a Constitutional Presidency, but withdrew from the election before the primaries.  Jimmy Carter would go on to win the election.

Studs doesn’t speak too much in this interview.  He asks some thoughtful questions and agrees with McCarthy now and again, but most of the program is McCarthy.  He talks about his 1968 campaign for presidency – what it was like to run during the Vietnam War, and his experience running against George Wallace.  He also talks about the state of government at the time, including some issues that have come around again recently: a slow job market, the involvement of young people in politics, and concerns over defense spending.  This program is a chance to hear political insights from a man who has been both an insider and an outsider when it comes to American politics.

When asked about his campaign for president in 1976, he tells Studs that he wants to “take to the country… a set of issues and propositions about the nature of government, the presidency particularly, the political process and how it ought to operate, and then what we anticipate will be positions on issues that the country will respond to if given the chance.”


Last week we shared an interview with Dr. Quentin Young upon his passing.  Here is a great video compilation of some of his speaking gigs (including one at Studs’s memorial) created by our friends at MediaBurn Archive.

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