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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 >>

Sanford rejects exclusive southern primary for its efforts to distinguish itself the nation

Sanford opposes Carter's call for a southwide primary because it would cast the South as exceptional instead of as an advancing region.

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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 do you think of Jimmy Carter's suggestion for a southwide presidential primary? In part he said that this would give the South a real sense of power at the national convention.
TERRY SANFORD:
I think it'd be totally disastrous.
JACK BASS:
Why?
TERRY SANFORD:
Because I think primaries, generally, are utterly disastrous. And I think a regional one would let all the base elements come out. I think it would cast the South in a role of still being a region apart, which I've been spending most of my life trying to make it either a leading region or a region in a construction sense, and not a region of . . . apart from the mainstream of the nation. And it's just contrary to my total philosophy of where the South ought to be.