J. D. Hayworth remembers his first experiences assisting in a presidential campaign. Interview on July 11, 2015. (2:39)


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Abe Holtzman, who was a very partisan Democrat – he had visited with Harry Truman when I believe he was a UCLA undergraduate – 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:08.196
Abe was here on campus, I loved taking his courses, and we would have back and forth and discuss and debate. 00:00:08.196 - 00:00:14.999
But he was at a conference where Anderson was speaking and he said, “Look, there’s a guy on the NC State campus you ought to get in touch with. 00:00:14.999 - 00:00:21.686
He’s a fairly prominent Republican.” Well the beauty of Anderson’s campaign, you know, Howard Baker was from next door in Tennessee, Reagan had Tom Ellis and all the Helms guys, 00:00:21.686 - 00:00:34.155
I’m just a student at NC State but suddenly I kind of go to the front: “Well, we’ve got an elected leader; we’ve got the student body president at NC State,” 00:00:34.155 - 00:00:44.696
and it gave me entrée into the workings of a presidential campaign; really interesting. 00:00:44.696 - 00:00:52.498
And of course by May of 1980 – I believe it was May – when Anderson decided to leave the Republican party and run as an independent, 00:00:52.498 - 00:01:04.154
I wasn’t really happy with that but I said, well, I gave him my personal commitment and I’ll stick with him through this. 00:01:04.154 - 00:01:12.907
He came to town, and this was kind of interesting, because we’re doing this rally up on the capitol grounds 00:01:12.907 - 00:01:25.853
So, I’m just a kid, right, but I’m like the only guy that Anderson has, so they decide at the rally I’m going to introduce Anderson. 00:01:25.853 - 00:01:36.580
So, we’re right there at the State Capitol. I guess Governor Hunt could look out the window and see this thing going on. 00:01:36.580 - 00:01:42.455
I go out to meet the car, and John B. and I turn, and it was the first sensation – this would happen a few other times in public life – 00:01:42.455 - 00:01:54.900
but all the cameras, and you’re in this almost like cocoon of media people, not so much a crush, more of a cocoon, because they’ve got to have space to take the pictures. 00:01:54.900 - 00:02:05.767
You’ve got all the television, and all the photographers, and all the reporters and I’m going, “Wow; this is really something.” So I step, and obviously wanted to hear John speak. I did not make a Clinton mistake. 00:02:05.767 - 00:02:23.668
In stark contrast to the verbosity of this interview, I knew my job is to get on and get off, so I think I spent maybe forty-five seconds to a minute introducing Anderson. 00:02:23.668 - 00:02:36.485

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