Talk:Fred R. Harris

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1976 Presidential Campaign[edit]

The first paragraph describing the 76 campaign isn't clearly labelled as such; with the "4 years earlier" statement it's very confusing.

I won't change the page, because I don't have time to source my clear memories. But the article as it now stands significantly overstates Harris's role in 1976 presidential politics. When the two most prominent possible liberal candidates for the nomination (Mondale and Ted Kennedy) declined to run, Harris became one of several hopefuls trying to capture the support of the liberal wing of the party. The article makes it seem as if Udall and Harris had comparable support, while others were insignificant. In fact, Udall quickly emerged as the liberal candidate, with Harris being only one amonmg several who failed to capture that role. Senator Birch Bayh was probably at least as prominent as Harris. Founding Peace Corps Director (and Kennedy borhter-in-law) Sargent Shriver was not much less prominent. And I think there are others I'm forgetting. Dvd Avins 20:28, 22 November 2006 (UTC)

I never saw the "1976 Presidential Campaign" section, as it was deleted before I came to this page in 2010, but it left a big hole in the article. How did the 1976 Presidential election turn out for him? Did he win?--208.127.100.74 (talk) 09:46, 14 November 2010 (UTC)

I worked on Fred Harris' campaign (for several monmths as a mid level staffer in Pennsylvania and as a two-week volunteer in New Hampshire). For what it is worth, my memory is that Fred had a lot of support among committed left individuals and organizations (such as, e.g., the Women's League for Peace and Freedom), and that we certainly perceived Udall as our main competitor for the former McGovern voters within the party. We thought we were winning against Udall until the night of the New Hampshire primary, where we came in fourth. After Walter Cronkite announcced the result and announced that, in his opinion, the "top three" were still viable, our contributions and volunteers dried up. The article is also accurate in stating that the campaign had serious funding problems. There were severl times in Pennsylvania that I would take a train to a meeting with a local party group knowing that -- unless I collected some contributions --I would not have enough money in my pocket to pay for my return fare. In Keene, New Hampshire during the two weeks before the primary, our foos budget worked out to 47cents per person per day. John Devlin john.devlin@law.lsu.edu 130.39.14.164 (talk) 14:11, 6 March 2008 (UTC)

Something's wrong with this story[edit]

I don't know what the details are, but the story is obviously more complex than how it's presented here. After looking at all the other related Wikipedia articles, it's clear that Harris actually succeeded Edmonson in 1964 -- not Kerr. But a casual reader would never guess that from this account. If somebody knows the real details of the story, please take a few minutes to straighten out those passages in the article. Cgingold 17:26, 1 July 2007 (UTC)


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Why is his being sworn in as soon as the votes were verified labeled dubious? It was a special election to fill an unexpired term. Swift assumption of office is typical in such circumstances. Dvd Avins (talk) 23:53, 13 January 2008 (UTC)

It's not complicated at all. Edmondson left the seat before the rest of the new senators were inaugurated so Harris could gain seniority over other new senators. It happens often. - KrakatoaKatie 12:26, 28 March 2008 (UTC)


Kerner Commission[edit]

why no mention of the Kerner Comission ? , also, no mention of the Kerner Commission in the Watts Riots artile.- Joe Cicero —Preceding unsigned comment added by Bill Ladd (talkcontribs) 18:27, 20 April 2010 (UTC)

Ancestry?[edit]

Most of my familiarity with Fred Harris comes from watching his interview on The Dick Cavett Show ca. 1970. I guess I had the impression from the interview that he, in addition to this wife, was of Native American blood. This article doesn't answer that question one way or the other.RadioKAOS (talk) 07:07, 29 April 2011 (UTC)


Removed banner about sources[edit]

The general banner about insufficient sources was dated May 2010, and a good many citations have been added to this article since then. As nearly as I can tell, issues that existed then have been resolved, so I have removed the banner from the main page today. Bruin2 (talk) 01:42, 31 October 2016 (UTC)

Article reclassification[edit]

I believe this article now meets the requirements for Class C. I have made this change for WP:Oklahoma. Bruin2 (talk) 01:42, 31 October 2016 (UTC)

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