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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Terry Sanford, [date unknown]. Interview A-0140. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Bert Bennett played an integral role in North Carolina elections

Sanford describes Bert Bennett's centralizing force as a campaign organizer. Bennett spearheaded several successful Democratic North Carolina political campaigns.

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Oral History Interview with Terry Sanford, [date unknown]. Interview A-0140. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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JACK BASS:
What is Bennett's role in North Carolina politics?
TERRY SANFORD:
He's now . . . the reason for Hunt being lieutenant governor, and he's the reason for Hunt being a formidable candidate for governor.
JACK BASS:
Well, as for Bennett.
TERRY SANFORD:
Well, I must say that he and I . . . he doesn't take orders from me and I don't attempt to give him orders or instructions. And we stay fairly well in touch with one another. But that's the size of it. We never conspire to do anything, and I didn't necessarily agree that he should put all the emphasis on Hunt. I simply agreed that he could if he wanted to.
JACK BASS:
Well, after campaigns are over and, and aid, apparently, is something that is solicited by a lot of candidates, and is, apparently, very respected. How much of a role does he play insofar as on policy matters?
TERRY SANFORD:
A very tremendous role in my campaign . . . in my administration, because I called on him and used his tremendous organizing strength. I think one of the reasons we managed to keep out of trouble for some of the things . . . worthwhile, progressive things that we did, was that he helped organize the county support to the Democratic party organization.