Sen. Jesse Helms Retires


Ferrel Guillory
*Former Washington Correspondent, Raleigh, N.C., News & Observer
*Director, Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
*Lecturer, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Tom Ellis
*Jesse Helms' Campaign Manager in 1972

Rob Christenson
*Chief Political Writer, Raleigh News & Observer

Mark Thiessen
*Former, Chief of Staff for Senator Jesse Helms

Harvey Gant
*Ran against Jesse Helms for the U-S Senate in 1990 and 1996

Conservative Senator Jesse Helms is retiring after 30 years in the Senate. The North Carolina Republican has been a crusader for what he defines as a more moral America. During his career he has tried to cut off funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, blocked the appointment of homosexuals to federal jobs, and cut off American payments to the United Nations. In this hour of Talk of the Nation, guest host Steve Inskeep talks with friends, colleagues and critics about Senator Helms' controversial career.

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