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James Carville (1992)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1992-10-06

Duration: 00:55:10

Subjects: Carville, James | Politics | POLITICAL CONSULTANTS | Political campaigns | Clinton, Bill, 1946- | Elections, 1992 | United States presidential election, 1992 | MATALIN, MARY


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Carville, James Interviewee


This special hour-long episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from October 6, 1992, features an interview with James Carville conducted by Gus Weill. Carville, a native of Carville, Louisiana, is a political strategist best known for managing Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. He discusses: his childhood; his undergraduate experience at LSU; his time in the Marine Corps; his decision to attend law school at LSU; his involvement with political campaigns in Louisiana; his work as a political consultant in the early 1980s; his first big success with Senator Harris Wofford’s 1991 campaign in Pennsylvania and its impact on the upcoming 1992 presidential election; his reasons for joining the Clinton campaign; the tough moments associated with the campaign; his relationship with Mary Matalin, the chief of staff for the Republican National Convention; the effect of politics on their relationship; and the details of his job as campaign strategist.