John Melcher Interview, January 11, 2007

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John Melcher Interviews Oral History Project, OH 411, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

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John Melcher discusses the Congressional Elections of 1972, 1974, and 1976, the year that he was first elected to the United States senate. He describes his experiences under the Nixon Administration, including Nixon’s impeachment and resignation from Presidential Office, the Alaska Pipeline Bill, and President Gerald Ford’s veto of Melcher’s proposed Animal Health Research Bill. Melcher also discusses his experiences with President Jimmy Carter when they were both working in the United States Senate, the Strategic Arms Limitations Treaty, the Northern Tier Pipeline controversy, his opinions of the Reagan Administration, and the National Conservative Political Action Committee. Melcher describes the role of television advertising in presidential campaigns and his relationships with various politicians including Lee Metcalf, Mike Mansfield, John Glenn, and Jesse Helms.