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Start Date: Wednesday, November 17, 1971 7:53 PM

End Date: Wednesday, November 17, 1971 9:00 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")[Unknown person(s)]Kehrli, Bruce J.White House operatorHughes, James D. ("Don")

Recording Device: Old Executive Office Building

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:18:10

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 01:14:23

293a.mp3

293b.mp3

NARA Description:

On November 17, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, unknown person(s), Bruce J. Kehrli, White House operator, and James D. ("Don") Hughes met in the President's office in the Old Executive Office Building from 2:53 pm to 4:00 pm. The Old Executive Office Building taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 293-009 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 293-9

Date: November 17, 1971
Time: 2:53 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Executive Office Building

The President met with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman.

     John D. Ehrlichman
          -Previous conversation with the President

     Henry A. Kissinger
         -Schedule

     Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
          -Schedule

     Ehrlichman

     Pending legislation
          -Tax Bill
               -Charles H. Percy
               -Amendment
                      -Ronald W. Reagan and Nelson A. Rockefeller
                      -Percy
                      -Effect
                           -House Resolution [HR] 1
                      -The President's previous conversation with Ehrlichman
               -The President's signature
               -Possible veto
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                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 10/06)
                                                                     Conv. No. 293-9 (cont.)


                 -Wilbur D. Mills
                 -Congressional responsibility
                 -Balanced budget
                 -Staff meeting
                       -John B. Connally
                 -Financing political campaigns
                       -Effect
                       -Tax check-off provision
                             -Hubert H. Humphrey
                             -Effect
                                  -Parties
                                  -Vietnam War
                       -Status
                       -Possible veto
                             -Eighteen year old vote

     The President's schedule
          -The President's forthcoming speech to American Federation of Labor-Congress of
               Industrial Organizations [AFL-CIO] convention
               -Raymond K. Price, Jr.

Haldeman talked with an unknown person at an unknown time between 2:53 pm and 3:10 pm.

[Conversation No. 293-9A]

     The President's review of a speech

[End of telephone conversation]

     The President's schedule
          -The President's forthcoming AFL-CIO speech
               -Prepared text
               -Ehrlichman

Bruce J. Kehrli entered at 3:10 pm.

                 -Instructions
                       -Ronald L. Ziegler

Kehrli left at 3:11 pm.
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                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/06)
                                                                    Conv. No. 293-9 (cont.)


          -National Association of Manufacturers [NAM] Dinner
               -Republicans

     NAM Dinner
        -Edmund S. Muskie
        -Edward M. Kennedy
        -Henry M. (“Scoop”) Jackson

     The President's schedule
          -Florida
                -Manolo Sanchez
                      -Conversation with Military Aides office
                -Haldeman's conversation with Maj. Gen. James D. Hughes
                      -Helicopters
                      -Sanchez
                      -Ziegler
                      -Schedule Office


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Haldeman talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 3:11 pm and 4:00
pm.

[Conversation No. 293-9B]

[See Conversation No. 14-156]

[End of telephone conversation]

     The President's schedule
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                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                                       Conv. No. 293-9 (cont.)



An unknown man entered at an unknown time after 3:11 pm.

     The President's speech

The unknown man left at an unknown time before 4:00 pm.

     The President's forthcoming speech to AFL-CIO convention
          -Content
               -The President's previous radio broadcast on dignity of work
               -Ehrlichman's views
                      -Previous speech

Haldeman talked with Hughes at an unknown time between 3:11 pm and 4:00 pm.

[Conversation No. 293-9C]

[See Conversation No. 14-157]

[End of telephone conversation]

     The President's schedule
          -Trip to Florida
                -Haldeman's previous conversation with Hughes
                      -Helicopters
                      -Sanchez

     Congress

     Pending legislation
          -Tax Bill
               -Percy's amendment
                      -Richard B. Ogilvie
          -John B. Anderson
          -Donald H. Rumsfeld
          -Ogilvie

     Polls
             -An initiative
             -Robert Teeter
             -John N. Mitchell
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                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 10/06)
                                                                        Conv. No. 293-9 (cont.)


             -Teeter
             -Opinion Research Center [ORC]

Haldeman talked with an unknown person at an unknown time between 3:11 pm and 4:00 pm.

[Conversation No. 293-9D]

     Polls
             -Figures

[End of telephone conversation]

     Polls
             -Results
             -United Nations [UN] vote on the People's Republic of China [PRC]
             -Troop withdrawal announcement
             -Timing
                   -Gallup
             -The President's forthcoming speech to AFL-CIO convention
             -Timing
                   -Gallup
             -Size of sample
             -Accuracy
                   -White House
                   -Gallup
                   -Harris
             -Timing
                   -Troop withdrawal announcement
                   -Soviet summit announcement
                   -Press conference
                   -Announcement of the President's Supreme Court nominees
                   -William F. (“Billy”) Graham
                   -Compared with Laos invasion period
                   -PRC
                   -Phase II
             -Results
                   -National economy
                   -The West
                         -Recognition of the PRC
                              -Compared to other areas
                         -Ronald W. Reagan
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                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/06)
                                                                   Conv. No. 293-9 (cont.)



Haldeman talked with an unknown person at an unknown time between 3:11 pm and 4:00 pm.

[Conversation No. 293-9E]

     Polls
             -Gallup
                  -Results
                       -The West

[End of telephone conversation]

     Polls
             -Results
                  -The West
                       -The South

Haldeman talked with an unknown person at an unknown time between 3:11 pm and 4:00 pm.

[Conversation No. 293-9F]

     Polls
             -Results

[End of telephone conversation]

     Polls
             -Results
                  -Timing
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                           NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 10/06)
                                                                     Conv. No. 293-9 (cont.)


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    Polls
            -Results
                 -National economy
                 -The West
                 -National economy
                 -The Presidency
                 -The President's forthcoming foreign trips
                       -Mao Tse-tung
                 -State visits
                 -Vietnam
            -Questions
                 -National economy

    National economy
         -The President's forthcoming speech to AFL-CIO convention
         -The President's program
         -Cambodia
         -Vietnam
         -Wage increases
         -Vietnam casualties

    Kissinger
         -Schedule
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                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/06)
                                                                      Conv. No. 293-9 (cont.)


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     The President's schedule
          -Speech

Haldeman left at 4:00 pm.