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George J. Mitchell Speeches

Links to recent TV, radio and internet appearances of Senator Mitchell

Boston Globe op-ed, "Banning assault weapons is effective - and not all that complicated," March 23, 2018

Boston Globe op-ed, "Taxing College endowments will make higher education less affordable," March 2, 2018

Interview with Senator Mitchell on the CNN Anderson Cooper Show, February 15, 2017

Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell speaks on Richard French Live about the ongoing fallout from the resignation of Michael Flynn, February 15, 2017

Intelligence 'skepticism' all around: George Mitchell on CNBCs Squawk Box, January 5, 2017

Interview of Senator Mitchell by Harold Pachios on his show, Pachios on the News, September, 2016.

Maine Calling talks with Douglas Rooks about his new biography of George Mitchell,  Statesman, July 5th, 2016

George Mitchell on the ramifications of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death, HuffPostLive, February 17, 2016

RFL host Richard French, WRNN-TV, talks with former Senator George Mitchell about the 2016 presidential race, the political climate, and other topics, January 28, 2016. Part 1. Part 2.

George Mitchell: "Peace Broker to Lead Way in St. Patrick’s Day Parade," New York Times, January 19, 2016

George Mitchell op-ed for The Hill, "Defend Clean Air Act's legacy of health and prosperity," December 2, 2015

George Mitchell interviewed on BBC Radio 4 program, Analysis: "Will They Always Hate Us", November 15, 2015

George Mitchell puts support behind Iran Nuclear Deal on CNN's  New Day, September 7, 2015

Interview with George Mitchell on the pending Iran Nuclear DealSunday Futures – The Maria Bartiromo Show, Fox News, August 30, 2015

George Mitchell discusses his memoir "The Negotiator" on the  Dianne Rehms Show, May 7, 2015

George Mitchell's speech at the Frances Perkins Center program held at the College of the Atlantic, Maine, August 12th, 2014

George Mitchell talks to CNN's Hala Gorani about U.S. and Saudi leaders meeting in Saudi Arabia, March 28, 2014.

Maine Magazine profile of Senator George Mitchell, September 2013.

On U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to the Middle East, MSNBC interview, March 24, 2013.

"Common sense solutions for ending Washington gridlock", interview at Bowdoin College, March 2013.

"Walking and talking with Senator George Mitchell", CBS Sunday Morning, September 2, 2012.

George Mitchell still holds out hope for Middle East peace, Sun Journal, May 27, 2012

"Civility in Politics", Maine Calling, MPBN, May 24, 2012

Interview with Patt Morrison, Southern California Public Radio, March 1, 2012

Online access to selected speeches from Senator Mitchell’s papers

Bowdoin College Bicentennial Environmental Institute Conference
April 6, 1994
This speech emphasizes Mitchell's commitment to the importance of education about the environment.
Excerpts | Full text (.pdf)

Brazda Press Club
November 8, 1993
This speech outlines compelling reasons for passage of comprehensive health care legislation.
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The Inauguration of President Clinton
January 20, 1993
Senator Mitchell outlines the nation's challenges at the time of President Clinton's inauguration.
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Earth Day
April 20, 1990
Senator Mitchell chronicles advances and remaining challenges in environmental legislation.
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The Constitution and the Liberal Arts
October 19, 1988
This speech focuses on the role the liberal arts can play in the discussion and understanding of the U.S. Constitution.
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Iran-Contra Investigation, questioning by members
July 13, 1987
This speech contains the text of Senator Mitchell's famous comments to Lt. Col. Oliver North.
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"the essence of our freedom" (1.52m .mov)
"God does not take sides" (1.92m .mov)
"I now address a plea to you" (1.39m .wav)

Introduction of Superfund Amendments
July 15, 1981
Senator Mitchell addresses the need for medical benefits to persons injured by toxic chemicals.
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Cheverus High School
June 9, 1981
Senator Mitchell speaks on the obligations of citizenship.
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