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The Bob Dole Oral History Project

The Dole Legacy: Leadership in the U.S. Senate



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Dole Institute Oral History Project, 2002-2009 | Robert and Elizabeth Dole Archive and Special Collections

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Title: Dole Institute Oral History Project, 2002-2009Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:2002-2004, 2007-2009

ID: 02/018

Primary Creator: Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics

Other Creators: Smith, Richard Norton, Williams, Brien R., Yates, Lahoma Ruth Dennis (1925-2005)

Extent: 120.0 Items. More info below.

Arrangement: This collection is arranged into two series in order to maintain a clear distinction between the two phases of the project. Within each series, interviews are arranged alphabetically by the interviewee's last name. Series One is titled by phase one's working title: "The Bob Dole Oral History Project." Series Two is titled by phase two's formal title as found in the project's documentation: "The Dole Legacy: Leadership in the U.S. Senate."

Languages: English

Abstract

The Dole Institute Oral History Project, which spans the years 2002-2009, contains audio, video, and transcribed oral history interviews with a variety of people who knew and worked with Senator Dole in various capacities, including friends, staffers, colleagues, journalists, members of Congress, and others. The project was completed in two separate phases, each with distinct characteristics and goals. Combined, they document the accomplishments and legacy of one of America's most respected leaders and statesmen, Senator Robert J. Dole.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Dole Institute Oral History Project, which spans the years 2002-2009, contains audio, video, and transcribed oral history interviews with a variety of people who knew and worked with Senator Dole in various capacities, including friends, staffers, colleagues, journalists, members of Congress, and others.

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The project was completed in two separate phases, each with distinct characteristics and goals. Combined, they document the accomplishments and legacy of one of America's most respected leaders and statesmen, Senator Robert J. Dole. The first phase was conducted from 2002-2004. It was primarily conceived of and implemented by then-Dole Institute Director Richard Norton Smith and long-time Dole staffer Lahoma Yates, who conducted the majority of the interviews. Interviewees include Kansas-based legislators, Dole volunteers, campaign workers, opposition candidates, and others who worked directly with Dole during his years in both the House of Representatives and in the Senate. The primary goal of this phase was to document personal memories, recollections, insights and stories in order to document what Bob Dole was like as a person, how he evolved over the years, and to convey a sense of American history and politics as experienced by Dole.

The second phase was conducted from 2007-2009. It was conceived of and planned by Dole Institute Director Bill Lacy, in collaboration with Dole Institute Senior Archivist Jean Bischoff. Interviews were conducted by Principal Historian Richard Norton Smith and Project Manager and Historian Brien R. Williams. Interviewees include Senator Dole, Senate and House colleagues, key staffers and aides, high-ranking campaign personnel, and others who worked with Senator Dole and had witnessed firsthand his leadership skills in the Senate. The primary goal of this phase was to document his leadership style, with an emphasis on issues and legislation during the Senate years (1968-1996). It was during this time that Senator Dole's impact was critical and had the greatest effect on the national political landscape.

Interviews for both phases were recorded on a variety of media, including compact cassette, micro cassette, MiniDV, DVCam, and BetaCamSP. Transcripts and indexing were done by third party vendors and are available for most interviews. A few of the first phase original media are missing. Digital copies are available for many interviews; availability is noted in the finding aid.

Collection Historical Note

This collection is the result of a multi-phase project that was managed and worked on by numerous people in various stages. As a result, materials were created and processed in different ways over the years, beginning in 2002 and continuing to 2009. In 2013, a new effort was initiated to bring all materials from both phases of the project together, in order to maximize consistency and accessibility.

The Dole Institute Oral History Project was funded through generous support from the Andreas Family Foundation.

Biographical Note

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics (Dole Institute) is a nonpartisan political institution at the University of Kansas founded by the former U.S. Senator from Kansas, Bob Dole. Opened on July 22, 2003, the Dole Institute houses Dole's Congressional papers and hosts frequent public programming on a variety of contemporary and historical issues.

Administrative Information

Repository: Robert and Elizabeth Dole Archive and Special Collections

Alternate Extent Statement: Series one – 41 compact cassettes, 7 micro cassettes, 1 MiniDV; Series two – 100 hours, 30 MiniDV, 23 DVCam, 1 BetaCamSP

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research. Any restricted materials are identified at the item level within the finding aid. Questions about these materials may be directed to the Senior Archivist of the Dole Archives.

Use Restrictions: These oral history transcripts may be read, quoted from, cited, and reproduced for purposes of research. They may not be published in full except with permission of the Dole Archives.

Preferred Citation: Oral History Interview with [interviewee's name], [date of interview], The Dole Institute Oral History Project, Robert J. Dole Archives and Special Collections, University of Kansas.

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Series 2: The Dole Legacy: Leadership in the U.S. Senate, 2007-2009Add to your cart.

The second phase was conducted from 2007-2009. It was conceived of and planned by Dole Institute Director Bill Lacy, in collaboration with Dole Institute Senior Archivist Jean Bischoff. Interviews were conducted by Principal Historian Richard Norton Smith and Project Manager and Historian Brien R. Williams. Interviewees include Senator Dole, Senate and House colleagues, key staffers and aides, high-ranking campaign personnel, and others who worked with Senator Dole and had witnessed firsthand his leadership skills in the Senate. The primary goal of this phase was to document his leadership style, with an emphasis on issues and legislation during the Senate years (1968-1996). It was during this time that Senator Dole's impact was critical and had the greatest effect on the national political landscape.

Transcripts of the interviews are linked at the item level.

To view more details and to view or download audio/video copies, please visit our website at http://dolearchives.ku.edu/oralhistory or contact the Dole Archives at dolearchives@ku.edu.

Item 1: Armitage, Richard, 6/19/2007Add to your cart.

Armitage has served in many governmental sectors including as Assistant Secretary of Defense for President Reagan and Deputy Secretary of State under President George W. Bush. He served as Administrative Assistant for Senator Dole (1978-1980).

Interview length: 0:54:14

In this 2007 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, Armitage talks about Senator Dole's personality, humor and governing style, including Dole's 1974 Senate campaign, changes in the Senate, Nancy Kassebaum and other topics.

PDF Transcript available: armitage_richard_2007-06-19
Item 2: Armstrong, Sen. William "Bill", 4/2/2007Add to your cart.

Armstrong served as a U.S. Representative (1973-1979) and a U.S. Senator (1979-1991) from Colorado.

Interview length: 1:58:27

In this 2007 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Armstrong talks about the role of government, religion in the Senate and the House of Representatives, tax policy and other topics.

PDF Transcript available: armstrong_william_2007-05-02
Item 3: Bair, Sheila C., 12/17/2007Add to your cart.

Bair served as the Chairperson of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) (2006-2011). Her many other governmental positions include Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions at the U.S. Treasury Department (2001-2002), Senior Vice President for Government Relations of the New York Stock Exchange (1995-2000), and commissioner and Acting Chair of the Commodity Futures Tradition Commission (1991-1995). She served as Senator Dole's Research Director and Counsel (1981-1988) and on his 1988 Presidential campaign.

Interview length: 1:05:32

In this 2007 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, Bair talks about the Voting Rights Act of 1982, Supreme Court nominations, 1988 Republican Primary and other topics.

PDF Transcript available: bair_sheila_2007-12-17
Item 4: Baker, Jr., Sen. Howard H., 5/21/2007Add to your cart.

Baker's many positions included Senate Minority Leader (1977-1981), Senate Majority Leader (1981-1985), White House Chief of Staff (1987-1988), and Ambassador to Japan (2001-2005). He worked very closely with Senator Dole and was the recipient of the 2006 Dole Leadership Prize.

Interview length: 0:57:45

In this 2007 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, Baker talks about his experiences with Bob Dole, unwritten procedures of the Senate, the role of the Majority Leader, Nixon and other topics.

PDF Transcript available: baker_howard_2007-05-07
Item 5: Baker III, Sec. James, 5/21/2007Add to your cart.

Baker served as White House Chief of Staff for President Reagan (1981-1985) and President H.W. Bush (1992-1993). He also served as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (1985-1988) and as Secretary of State (1985-1988). He worked closely with Senator Dole, especially during the 1991 Gulf War.

Interview length: 0:53:08

In this 2007 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, Baker talks about Bob Dole's campaigns in 1976, 1980, 1988, and 1996.

PDF Transcript available: baker_james_2007-05-21
Item 6: Baroody, Michael, 2/6/2008Add to your cart.

Baroody served as Senator Dole's speechwriter and executive assistant. He has also held positions for the Republican National Committee, Reagan White House, and the Department of Labor under Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush.

Interview length: 1:23:18

In this 2008 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, Baroody talks about his experiences with Bob Dole, the Republican National Committee, the political consequences of Watergate, and other topics.

PDF Transcript available: baroody_michael_2008-02-06
Item 7: Bernhard, Berl, 11/29/2007Add to your cart.

Bernhard served as U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Staff Director under President Kennedy. He also served as senior advisor to Secretary of State Edmund S. Muskie (1980-1981) and was his presidential campaign manager (1971-1972).

Interview length: 1:14:12

In this 2007 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Bernhard talks about the Federal Election Committee, the 1996 Presidential election, the Republican Party and other topics.

PDF Transcript available: bernhard_berl_2007-11-29
Item 8: Brock, Sen. William "Bill", 6/26/2007Add to your cart.

Brock served as U.S. Representative (1963-1971) and U.S. Senator (1971-1977) from Tennessee. He was the Chairman of the latter part of Dole's 1988 Presidential campaign.

Interview length: 1:25:23

In this 2007 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, Brock discusses the Republican party's platform; Presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan; the Ford/Dole 1976 campaign and Dole's 1996 campaign, and other topics.

PDF Transcript available: brock_william_2007-06-26
Item 9: Burke, Sheila, 8/30/2007Add to your cart.

Burke has worked on the Senate Finance Committee, and she served as Senator Dole's Chief of Staff (1986-1996). She was appointed as Secretary of Senate in 1995.

Interview length: 1:56:25

In this 2007 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, Burke talks about Dole's legislative staff, the benefits of majority, her role in Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Healthcare Subcommittee, the Dole/Kemp 1996 presidential campaign and other topics.

PDF Transcript available: burke_sheila_2007-08-23
Item 10: Burke, Sheila, 12/11/2007Add to your cart.
Interview length: 1:17:39

In this 2007 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, Burke talks about general party politics, changes in Congressional politicking, the Dole/Kemp 1996 presidential campaign and other topics.

PDF Transcript available: burke_sheila_2007-12-11
Item 11: Bush, President George H. W., 6/1/2007Add to your cart.

Bush served as President of the United States (1989-1993), Vice President of the United States (1981-1989), as well as numerous other government roles. Dole ran against him in the 1988 Presidential Republican primary contest and supported him throughout his Presidency.

Interview length: 0:06:42

In this short 2007 interview, President George H. W. Bush recalls his 1988 Presidential campaign, in which he campaigned against Senator Bob Dole (R-KS) for the Republican party ticket. He goes on to talk about the role that Dole played during his Presidency, particularly with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Desert Storm, and the 1990 budget agreement.

PDF Transcript available: bush_george_h_w_2007-06-01
Item 12: Cochran, Sen.Thad, 4/10/2007Add to your cart.

Cochran served as a U.S. Representative (1973-1978) and has served as the U.S. Senator from Mississippi since 1978. He was one of Dole's close allies, especially during the 1996 Presidential campaign.

Interview length: 1:02:22

In this 2007 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Cochran discusses his experiences with Bob Dole, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Senate Agriculture Committee, the Senate, and other topics.

PDF Transcript available: cochran_thad_2007-04-10
Item 13: D'Amato, Sen. Al, 12/8/2007Add to your cart.

D'Amato served as U.S. Senator from New York (1981-1999). He was one of Dole's close allies, especially during the 1996 Presidential campaign.

Interview length: 0:41:38

In this 2007 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, D'Amato talks about his experiences with Bob Dole, differences in the U.S. House and Senate, changes in the Republican Party, and other topics.

PDF Transcript available: d_amato_al_2007-12-08
Item 14: Daschle, Sen. Thomas, 5/25/2007Add to your cart.

Daschle was a U.S. Representative (1979-1987) and U.S. Senator from South Dakota (1987-2005). He served as both Majority and Minority Leader during his tenure in the Senate and worked closely with Dole in these roles.

Interview length: 1:00:50

In this 2007 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, Daschle talks about his experiences with Bob Dole, changes in politics and the Republican party, bipartisanship, the Dole/Kemp 1996 Presidential Campaign and other topics.

PDF Transcript available: daschle_tom_2007-05-25
Item 15: DeArment, Rod, 3/1/2007Add to your cart.

DeArment was Chief of Staff for Senate Majority Leader Dole, (1985-1986). Prior to that position, he held numerous positions on the Senate Committee on Finance.

Interview length: 1:51:35

In this 2007 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, DeArment talks about his experiences with Bob Dole, Senate committee Staffs, the process of legislating, Dole's 1988 and 1996 Presidential campaigns, and other topics.

PDF Transcript available: dearment_rod_2007-03-01
Item 16: DeArment, Rod, 4/13/2007Add to your cart.
Interview length: 1:27:35

In this 2007 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, DeArment talks about his experiences with Bob Dole, Newt Gingrich, tax reform (TEFRA and other plans) and other topics.

PDF Transcript available: dearment_rod_2007-04-13
Item 17: DeArment, Rod, 8/17/2007Add to your cart.
Interview length: 1:30:36

In this 2007 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, DeArment talks about his experiences with Bob Dole, the 1996 Presidential campaign (Vice-Presidential vetting, right wing Republicans, Clinton's victory), Dole's life after the 1996 election, and other topics.

PDF Transcript available: dearment_rod_2007-08-17
Item 18: Dole, Sen. Robert J. "Bob", 5/11/2007Add to your cart.

Senator Bob Dole served in the U.S. Congress for 35 years for the state of Kansas. He is the longest serving Republican Leader to date, the 1996 Republican Nominee for President, and President Ford's Vice-Presidential candidate in 1976.

Interview length: 1:58:32

In this 2007 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, Senator Bob Dole talks about getting his start in politics, the role of government, and the outlook for the Republican party.

PDF Transcript available: dole_bob_2007-05-11
Item 19: Dole, Sen. Robert J. "Bob", 6/22/2007Add to your cart.
Interview length: 1:06:51

In this 2007 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, Dole talks about his early career, including his start in the Senate, his period as RNC Chairman, Watergate, the 1974 Senate race, abortion, President Ford and other topics.

PDF Transcript available: dole_bob_2007-06-22
Item 20: Dole, Sen. Robert J. "Bob", 7/13/2007Add to your cart.
Interview length: 0:49:54

In this 2007 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, Dole talks about his experiences in the Senate, including Supreme Court nominations, relationships among Senators, C-SPAN, and other topics.

PDF Transcript available: dole_bob_2007-07-13
Item 21: Dole, Sen. Robert J. "Bob", 9/7/2007Add to your cart.
Interview length: 1:38:34

In this 2007 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, Dole talks about the 1976 Ford/Dole Presidential campaign, the WWII memorial and the Honor Flight program, partisanship and party lines, President Nixon and other topics.

PDF Transcript available: dole_bob_2007-09-07
Item 22: Dole, Sen. Robert J. "Bob", 10/16/2007Add to your cart.
Interview length: 1:20:04

In this 2007 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, Dole talks about Reagan-era issues, including supply-side economics, Social Security reform, the White House staff, Dole's role as Majority Leader in the Senate, and other topics.

PDF Transcript available: dole_bob_2007-10-16
Item 23: Dole, Sen. Robert J. "Bob", 12/14/2007Add to your cart.
Interview length: 1:31:51

In this 2007 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, Senator Bob Dole talks about the Republican primary of 1988, the ADA, supply-side economics, and the 2008 Presidential candidates.

PDF Transcript available: dole_bob_2007-12-14
Item 24: Dove, Robert, 3/27/2008Add to your cart.

Dove served on the staff of Senator Dole (1987-1995). He has also served as the Parliamentarian of the U.S. Senate (1981-1987 and 1995-2001).

Interview length: 1:52:05

In this 2008 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Dove talks about the responsibilities of a Parliamentarian, Senate procedures, and the introduction of C-SPAN.

PDF Transcript available: dove_robert_2008-03-27
Item 25: Downen, Robert L., 12/27/2007Add to your cart.

Robert L. Downen, native Kansan, was a Legislative Aide on Senator Dole's personal staff from 1973 to 1979, handling both domestic and foreign policy issues. His 40-year professional career in Washington, DC, included service with the U.S. Department of State, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and several political consulting firms. He retired from government service in 2013.

Interview length: 1:33:07

In this 2007 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Downen talks about Watergate, the Ford/Dole 1976 Presidential Campaign, and the Carter Administration's foreign policy.

PDF Transcript available: downen_robert_2007-12-27
Item 26: Ellsworth, Ambassador Robert, 8/8/2007Add to your cart.

Ellsworth served as a U.S. Representative from Kansas (1961-1967), U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO (1969-1971), and as an assistant to President Nixon. He also served as Deputy Secretary of Defense (1975-1977). He was a close friend of Dole's and chaired his 1988 Presidential campaign.

Interview length: 0:56:11

In this 2007 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Ellsworth talks about Dole's start in politics, personal life, and Republican National Committee leadership.

PDF Transcript available: ellsworth_bob_2007-08-08
Item 27: Ferguson, Lewis L., 4/19/2007Add to your cart.

Ferguson was a Kansas reporter for the Associated Press and a top political journalist in the state for a long time. He covered much of Dole's career in Kansas.

Interview length: 1:31:45

In this 2007 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Ferguson talks about his time covering Dole's political career, the changing journalism industry, and the Kansas political scene.

PDF Transcript available: ferguson_lewis_2007-04-19
Item 28: Glassner, Mike, 3/18/2008Add to your cart.

Glassner served as travel aide (1987-1995), Senate Campaign manager (1992) and Senior Advisor to Senator Dole (1995 to 2000). He was also Director of Vice Presidential Operations for 2008 McCain/Palin campaign.

Interview length: 1:56:47

In this 2008 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Glassner talks about helping Senator Dole handle constituent relations, working on campaigns, and the Senator's personality.

PDF Transcript available: glassner_mike_2008-03-11
Item 29: Glickman, Secretary Dan, 6/22/2007Add to your cart.

Glickman served as U.S. Representative from Kansas (1977-1995) and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (1995-2001). He then became the Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) (2004-2010).

Interview length: 1:04:55

In this oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Glickman talks about dirty tactics on the campaign trail, the National Intelligence Committee, and political theory.

PDF Transcript available: glickman_dan_2007-06-22
Item 30: Grassley, Sen. Charles "Chuck", 5/23/2007Add to your cart.

Grassley served as a U.S. Representative from Iowa (1974-1981). Since 1981, he has served as a U.S. Senator. He was a close friend and adviser to Dole, especially during the 1988 and 1996 campaigns.

Interview length: 0:49:45

In this 2007 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, Grassley talks about Senator Dole's work on Social Security reform and the legislative process in the Senate.

PDF Transcript available: grassley_chuck_2007-05-23
Item 31: Greene, Howard O., 7/11/2007Add to your cart.

Greene worked as Secretary of the Majority/Minority for Howard Baker and Bob Dole, and was Sergeant at Arms of the Senate until 1996.

Interview length: 2:55:38

In this 2007 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Greene talks about the differences between working as Secretary of the Majority and of the Minority, Dole's role as Nixon's hatchet man, and the Senator's work ethic.

PDF Transcript available: greene_howard-2007-07-11
Item 32: Greenspan, Alan, 12/14/2007Add to your cart.

Greenspan served as Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve (1987-2006). He was the head of the Greenspan Commission (The National Commission on Social Security Reform), on which Dole served.

Interview length: 1:01:40

In this 2007 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, Greenspan talks about negative campaigns, lack of leadership in the legislative process, and his interactions with Senator Dole and Ronald Reagan.

PDF Transcript available: greenspan_alan_2007-12-14
Item 33: Harbaugh, Judy, 3/18/2008Add to your cart.

Harbaugh served as Dole's personal assistant for many years in the Senate. She also worked on scheduling during his 1988 Presidential campaign.

Interview length: 2:31:42

In this 2008 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Harbaugh talks about Bob Dole's work in regards to the Vietnam war, work ethic, and the 1988 Republican Presidential Primary.

PDF Transcript available: harbaugh_judy_2008-03-15
Item 34: Harkin, Sen. Tom, 1/30/2008Add to your cart.

Harkin served as a U.S. Representative from Iowa (1975-1985). Since 1985, he has served as a U.S. Senator.

Interview length: 0:36:40

In this 2008 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Harkin talks about Senator Dole's role in the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the government debt, and farm policy.

PDF Transcript available: harkin_tom_2008-01-30
Item 35: Hoagland, G. Willard, 12/4/2007Add to your cart.

Hoagland is an agricultural economist who worked on Dole's agriculture staff, primarily focused on food stamp programs.

Interview length: 1:11:30

In this 2007 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Hoagland talks about the Senate Agricultural Committee, food subsidies, supply-side economics, and government spending.

PDF Transcript available: hoagland_g_willard_2007-12-04
Item 36: Inouye, Sen. Daniel K., 2/11/2008Add to your cart.

Inouye was the second-longest serving U.S. Senator in history serving from 1963 until his death in 2012. He also served as a U.S. Representative (1959-1963). He also served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during World War II where he and Dole first met and became friends.

Interview length: 0:49:04

In this 2008 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, Inouye talks about meeting Senator Dole in the Hart Military Hospital, and specific role of the Senate in government in comparison to the House or the Presidency.

PDF Transcript available: inouye_daniel_2008-02-11
Item 37: Kassebaum-Baker, Sen. Nancy, 4/16/2009Add to your cart.

Baker represented Kansas in the U.S. Senate (1978-1997). She was the first female senator not elected to a seat held by her husband nor appointed to fill out a deceased husband's term.

Interview length: 1:16:09

In this 2009 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Kassebaum-Baker talks about Senator Dole's work ethic and the issues of abortion, the Panama Canal, and wheat subsidies on the campaign trail.

PDF Transcript available: kassebaum-baker_nancy_2009-04-16
Item 38: Kemp, Rep. Jack, 5/23/2007Add to your cart.

Kemp was a professional football star who was the Republican Vice Presidential Candidate for Bob Dole's 1996 presidential run. He also served as a U.S. Representative from New York (1971-1989) and as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (1989-1993).

Interview length: 0:58:17

In this 2007 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, Kemp talks about the rise of supply-side economics, John F. Kennedy's tax cuts over Republican objections, and Newt Gingrich's government shutdown.

PDF Transcript available: kemp_jack_2007-05-23
Item 39: Koch, Noel, 2/20/2008Add to your cart.

Koch was a speechwriter for Senator Dole. He also worked on the 1976 Ford-Dole presidential campaign as well as Senator Dole's run for president in 1980. He has held many positions in government including the Department of Defense and the Nixon White House.

Interview length: 1:38:49

In this 2008 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Koch talks about Dole's bid for Vice President in 1976, the Watergate scandal, and Dole's role as "hatchet man" for President Nixon.

PDF Transcript available: koch_noel_2008-02-20
Item 40: Korologos, Ambassador Tom, 4/11/2007Add to your cart.

Korologos served as senior advisor to Senator Dole on his 1996 presidential campaign. He also served in the Nixon and Ford Administrations in the capacity of Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs.

Interview length: 1:45:03

In this 2007 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Korologos talks about Senator Dole's work as RNC Chairman, the 1996 Presidential campaign, and Watergate.

PDF Transcript available: korologos_tom_2007-04-11
Item 41: Lacy, Bill, 6/18/2008Add to your cart.

Lacy was a Republican strategist who worked on campaigns for Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Senator Dole. He is currently the Director of the Dole Institute.

Interview length: 1:32:42

In this 2008 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Lacy talks about his own political career, being interviewed by Dole for the position of campaign director, and working the campaign trail.

PDF Transcript available: lacy_bill_2008-06-18
Item 42: Lacy, Bill, 6/19/2008Add to your cart.
Interview length: 0:46:13

In this 2008 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Lacy talks about Dole's 1996 Presidential campaign, Dole's personality and legacy, and the changing nature of politics.

PDF Transcript available: lacy_bill_2008-06-19
Item 43: Lighthizer, Bob, 10/18/2007Add to your cart.

Lighthizer served as the treasurer for the 1996 Dole/Kemp presidential campaign. He also was Chief of Staff of the Senate committee on Finance. He also served as a deputy US Trade Representative during the Reagan Administration and vice chairman of the board of Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

Interview length: 1:49:12

In this 2007 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Lighthizer talks about working for the Senate Finance Committee, the 1988 Dole Presidential Campaign, and Jimmy Carter's Presidency.

PDF Transcript not available at this time.
Item 44: Lott, Sen. Trent, 6/20/2007Add to your cart.

Lott was a U.S. Congressman (1973-1989) and a U.S. Senator (1989-2007). He served in many leadership positions in the House of Representatives and Senate including House Minority Whip, Senate Majority Whip, Senate Minority Whip, Senate Majority Leader, and Senate Minority Leader.

Interview length: 0:32:12

In this 2007 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, Lott talks about changes in partisanship in the Senate and the role of government.

PDF Transcript available: lott_trent_2007-06-20
Item 45: McCluney, Joyce, 1/23/2008Add to your cart.

McCluney was appointed as Deputy Sergeant at Arms in 1995. Prior to that, she worked for the Senate Finance Committee, the White House, the Commerce Department, the State Department. She served as office manager for Senator Dole's leadership offices (1985-1994).

Interview length: 1:37:01

In this 2008 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, McCluney talks about working in Bob Dole's office, the Dole Institute, and working on the Senate Finance Committee.

PDF Transcript available: mccluney_joyce_2008-01-23
Item 46: McClure, Fred, 11/30/2007Add to your cart.

McClure served in the Reagan and the George H.W. Bush presidential administrations, as Legislative Director for Senator John Tower, and as Associate Deputy U.S. Attorney General.

Interview length: 1:38:31

In this 2007 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, McClure talks about the 1995 government shutdown, the role of expanding media, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Gulf War.

PDF Transcript available: mcclure_fred_2007-11-30
Item 47: McGovern, Sen. George, 7/13/2007Add to your cart.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed McGovern as the first director of the Food for Peace program, marking the start of McGovern's work to help people suffering from malnourishment across the world. McGovern reached across the aisle in Washington to gain bipartisan support for several pieces of legislation to fund programs still prominent today. Dole was involved with many of the programs initiated by McGovern, including the restructuring of the Food Stamp program, the World Food Programme, and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. McGovern served as a U.S Representative (1957-1961) and U.S. Senator (1963-1981) from South Dakota. He was also the Democratic nominee for President in 1972.

Interview length: 0:55:14

In this 2007 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, George McGovern talks about obstructionism in the Senate, his interactions with Bob Dole, and nutrition programs.

PDF Transcript available: mcgovern_george_2007-07-13
Item 48: Meyer, Betty, 11/25/2007Add to your cart.

Meyer worked on Bob Dole's staff in positions including personal secretary and legislative correspondent.

Interview length: 2:19:36

In this 2007 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Meyer talks about her fond memories of working for Bob Dole, what it means to "be presidential," and the campaign trail.

PDF Transcript available: meyer_betty_2007-11-25
Item 49: Michel, Rep. Bob, 4/11/2007Add to your cart.

Michel served as a U.S. Representative from Illinois (1957-1995). He served as House Minority Whip (1975-1981) and House Minority Leader (1981-1995).

Interview length: 1:31:04

In this 2007 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Michel talks about his upbringing, work as Whip, the Gulf War, and Robert Byrd.

PDF Transcript available: michel_bob_2007-05-24
Item 50: Mitchell, Sen. George, 4/24/2007Add to your cart.

Mitchell served as a U.S. Senator from Maine (1980-1995). He was Senate Majority Leader (1989-1995). He also served as U.S. Special Envoy for Northern Ireland (1995-2001), and U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace (2009-2011).

Interview length: 1:30:31

In this 2007 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, George Mitchell talks about his time in the Senate with Bob Dole, the Gulf War, and the legacy of George H.W. Bush.

PDF Transcript available: mitchell_george_2007-04-11
Item 51: Mondale, Vice President Walter, 11/25/2007Add to your cart.

Mondale was a U.S. Senator from Minnesota (1964-1976), Vice President of the United States (1977-1981), and the 1984 Democratic nominee for President. He also served as U.S. Ambassador to Japan (1993-1996).

Interview length: 1:03:40

In this 2007 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, Mondale talks about the breakdown in accountability under George W. Bush, Senator Dole's nutrition programs, supply-side economics, and the Panama Canal.

PDF Transcript available: mondale_walter_2007-11-28
Item 52: Nickles, Sen. Don, 3/27/2007Add to your cart.

Nickles served as U.S Senator from Oklahoma (1981-2005). He was Senate Minority/Majority Whip (1996-2003).

Interview length: 1:02:16

In this 2007 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Nickles talks about Senator Dole's Eastern Europe policies, the 1996 Presidential campaign, and tax reform.

PDF Transcript available: nickles_don_2007-03-27
Item 53: Nunn, Sen. Sam, 12/16/2008Add to your cart.

Nunn served as a U.S. Senator from Georgia (1972-1997). He has been nominated multiple times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Interview length: 0:32:36

In this 2008 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Nunn talks about the role of relationships in politics, the transformation of the Senate, and political theory.

PDF Transcript available: nunn_sam_2008-12-16
Item 54: Owen, Dave, 4/20/2007Add to your cart.

Owen served as Kansas Lieutenant Governor (1973--1974), state senator, Senator Bob Dole's close associate and campaign manager (1974). He was credited with turning Dole's 1974 Senate campaign around for a close win.

Interview length: 1:51:32

In this 2007 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Owen talks about his family's move to Kansas, his beginnings in politics, and running Bob Dole's Vice Presidential campaign.

PDF Transcript available: owen_dave_2007-04-20
Item 55: Packwood, Sen. Bob, 7/20/2007Add to your cart.

Packwood served as U.S. Senator from Oregon (1969-1995).

Interview length: 1:52:34

In this 2008 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, Packwood talks about hierarchy and procedures in the Senate, working with Senator Dole, and campaign financing.

PDF Transcript available: packwood_bob_2007-07-20
Item 56: Pettit, Mike, 2/20/2008Add to your cart.

Pettit served as Administrative Assistant to Senator Dole (1981-1987). He also served as adviser to Senator Dole's presidential campaigns (1988-1996).

Interview length: 0:58:43

In this 2008 oral history with Brien R. Williams, Mike Pettit talks about his time working for Bob Dole, including the Senator's work ethic and relationship with his staff.

PDF Transcript available: pettit_mike_2008-02-20
Item 57: Pettit, Mike, 4/1/2008Add to your cart.
Interview length: 1:46:30

In this 2008 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Pettit talks about Dole's campaign strategy, his foreign policy, and the leadership of Ronald Reagan.

PDF Transcript available: pettit_mike_2008-04-01
Item 58: Reed, Scott, 11/8/2007Add to your cart.

Reed managed Senator Dole's 1996 presidential campaign.

Interview length: 0:58:01

In this 2007 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Reed talks about Dole's time as Senate Majority Leader and the 1996 Dole/Kemp Presidential campaign.

PDF Transcript available: reed_scott_2007-11-08
Item 59: Richardson, Scott, 4/17/2008Add to your cart.

Richardson was a staff member for Senator Dole for six years in the 1980s and he primarily served as a press aide.

Interview length: 1:34:40

In this 2007 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Scott Richardson talks about Bob Dole's personality, Reagan's Tax Policy, and the effects of the media on politics.

PDF Transcript available: richardson_scott_2007-04-17
Item 60: Riker, Walt, 3/12/2008Add to your cart.

Riker served as Senator Dole's Press Secretary (1981-1993).

Interview length: 2:10:32

In this 2008 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Riker talks about his relationship with Bob Dole and the Senator's work ethic, humor, and legacy.

PDF Transcript available: riker_walt_2008-03-12
Item 61: Roberts, Sen. Pat, 5/11/2007Add to your cart.

Roberts has served as Senator from Kansas since 1997. He has served as member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kansas (1981-1997), Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture (1995-1997), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (2003-2007), and other governmental roles.

Interview length: 0:46:03

In this 2007 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, Roberts discusses many important aspects of Dole's political career, partisanship in contemporary politics, the relationship between the House and the Senate, and other topics.

PDF Transcript available: roberts_pat_2007-05-11
Item 62: Rogers, Dave, 4/5/2008Add to your cart.

Dave Rodgers was a Congressional correspondent for the Boston Globe.

Interview length: 1:49:17

In this 2008 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Dave Rodgers talks about his investigative reporting, the media coverage of John F. Kennedy, the course of the Republican party, and deficit negotiations.

PDF Transcript available: rogers_dave_2008-04-05
Item 63: Rostenkowski, Rep. Dan, 4/1/2008Add to your cart.

Rostenkowski was a Representative from Illinois (1959-1995) and served as the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee (1981-1994).

Interview length: 1:08:25

In this 2008 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Dan Rostenkowski talks about his relationship with Bob Dole, the importance of election demographics, and the stigma surrounding the legislative process.

PDF Transcript available: rostenkowski_dan_2008-04-01
Item 64: Roy, Dr. Bill, 4/8/2007Add to your cart.

Dr. Roy was a Representative from Kansas (1971-1975). He challenged Senator Dole for his seat in 1974 but lost narrowly.

Interview length: 1:06:08

In this 2007 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Bill Roy talks about his experience on the campaign trail, interactions with Bob Dole, and healthcare reform.

PDF Transcript available: roy_bill_2007-04-18
Item 65: Rudman, Sen. Warren, 12/12/2007Add to your cart.

Rudman served as a U.S. Senator (1980-1993). He was a close friend of Dole's and served as advisor on his 1996 Presidential campaign.

Interview length: 0:22:48

In this 2007 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Warren Rudman talks about Bob Dole's personality, leadership style, and legacy.

PDF Transcript available: rudman_warren_2007-12-12
Item 66: Seelye, Katharine, 12/2/2007Add to your cart.

Seelye has covered a number of campaigns for The New York Times including Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and Bob Dole in 1996.

Interview length: 1:49:33

In this 2007 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Katharine Seelye talks about the 1996 Presidential campaign, Senator Dole's unscripted speaking style and his attitude toward the media.

PDF Transcript available: seelye_katharine_2007-12-02
Item 67: Simpson, Sen. Alan, 10/9/2007Add to your cart.

Simpson served as a U.S. Senator from Wyoming (1979-1997). He also served as Majority/Minority Whip (1985-1995). He recently served as Chairperson of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform with Senator Erskine Bowles.

Interview length: 1:31:04

In this 2007 oral history interview with Richard Norton Smith, Alan Simpson talks about his interactions with Bob Dole, the influence of the Religious Right, and changes in citizens' trust in the Senate.

PDF Transcript available: simpson_alan_2007-10-09
Item 68: Slattery, Rep. Jim, 4/26/2007Add to your cart.

Slattery was a U.S. Representative from Kansas (1983-1995) and a close friend of Dole's.

Interview length: 1:21:11

In this 2007 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Rep. Jim Slattery talks about the beginning of his political career, the first Clinton Administration, the 1974 Kansas Senate race, and the Iran Contra affair.

PDF Transcript available: slattery_jim_2007-04-26
Item 69: Smith, Dr. Richard Norton, 6/4/2008Add to your cart.

Smith was a former speechwriter for Senator Dole. He is also a historian who has written many books on U.S. presidents. He has worked on updating many presidential libraries including the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Dwight. D. Eisenhower Center, and Gerald R. Ford Museum. He also served as Director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum. He was Director of the Dole Institute of Politics (2001-2003).

Interview length: 1:51:03

In this 2008 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Richard Norton Smith talks about his time writing speeches for Bob Dole, mistakes made on the campaign trail, and the 1996 Presidential campaign.

PDF Transcript available: smith_richard_norton_2008-06-04
Item 70: Taggart, Bill, 7/18/2007Add to your cart.

Taggart was an advisor to Bob Dole in his U.S. House, Senate, Vice Presidential, and Presidential campaigns. In 1969, he became Senator Dole's agriculture legislative assistant.

Interview length: 1:51:43

In this 2007 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Bill Taggart talks about his upringing, his time on Dole's personal staff and agricultural issues.

PDF Transcript available: taggart_bill_2007-07-18
Item 71: Tymchuk, Kerry, 2/5/2008Add to your cart.

Tymchuk was a speechwriter for Senator Dole and for his 1996 presidential campaign.

Interview length: 1:18:23

In this 2008 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Kerry Tymchuk talks about his time working with Bob Dole and the importance of humility and truthfulness in politics.

PDF Transcript available: tymchuk_kerry_2008-02-05
Item 72: Wells, Kim, 4/18/2007Add to your cart.

Wells served as Kansas Republican State Party Central Committee Chair (1991-1995). He also served as an aide to Senator Dole in the 1970s and as an informal advisor on several of Dole's campaigns.

Interview length: 1:25:25

In this 2007 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Kim Wells talks about his time working as a legislative assistant for Bob Dole, including Dole's campaign style, farm policy, and nutrition programs.

PDF Transcript available: wells_kim_2007-04-18
Item 73: Wilson, Gov. Pete, 10/26/2007Add to your cart.

Wilson served as Mayor of San Diego (1971-1983), U.S. Senator from California (1983-1991), and Governor of California (1991-1999).

Interview length: 1:44:13

In this 2007 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Pete Wilson talks about working with Senator Dole, and remarks on former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

PDF Transcript available: wilson_pete_2007-10-26

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