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Start Date: 26-Oct-1972 3:15 PM

End Date: 26-Oct-1972 4:00 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")White House operatorHaig, Alexander M., Jr.

Recording Device: Old Executive Office Building

375-021a.mp3

375-021b.mp3

NARA Description:

On October 26, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, White House operator, and Alexander M. Haig, Jr. met in the President's office in the Old Executive Office Building from 3:15 pm to 4:00 pm. The Old Executive Office Building taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 375-021 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 375-21

Date: October 26, 1972
Time: 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Executive Office Building

The President met with H.R. (“Bob”) Haldeman.
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Vietnam peace settlement negotiations
    -The President’s forthcoming conversation with Henry A. Kissinger
    -The President’s previous conversation with Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
    -Kissinger’s briefing for White House surrogates
        -Haldeman’s role
        -Haig’s role
        -Charles W. Colson
        -Ronald L. Ziegler
    -White House response to press reports
        -The President’s view
        -John A. Scali
        -John B. Connally
        -William P. Rogers
        -Melvin R. Laird
        -Colson’s role
        -Kissinger’s role
    -Importance of cease-fire talks to 1972 election
        -Administration stance
             -Timing of cease-fire
             -North Vietnam
                  -Kissinger’s statement
    -McGeorge Bundy’s appearance on Columbia Broadcasting
     System [CBS]
        -Settlement timing
        -Kissinger's conversation with Bundy
             -The President’s view
    -Bundy’s statements
        -William F. Buckley
        -North Vietnam
             -October 8, 1972 concessions
                  -POWs
    -Kissinger
        -Backgrounder
        -The President’s recent conversation with Haig
        -Recent press briefing
             -Points
                  -“Peace with surrender”
    -Kissinger’s relationship with “peaceniks”, politicians
        -The President’s view
        -Colson and Scali’s role
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                                    Tape Subject Log
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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1
[Personal returnable]
[Duration: 2m 38s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1

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        Vietnam peace settlement negotiations
            -Public relations
            -Importance as a political issue
            -Kissinger’s public relations role
                -Relationship with the press
                     -Joseph C. Kraft
                     -Walter L. Cronkite, Jr., David Brinkley, John
                       Chancellor (New York), Richard G. Valeriani, Dan
                       Rather, [Arnold] Eric Sevareid
                -Kissinger’s persuasiveness
                     -Truth
                -Handwritten note from the President

The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 3:15 pm and
3:28 pm.

[Conversation No. 375-21A]

[See Conversation No. 32-59]

[End of telephone conversation]

        Vietnam peace settlement negotiations
            -US position
                -1972 election
                    -The President’s recent conversation with Haig
                         -Kissinger
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                                     Tape Subject Log
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The White House operator talked with the President at an unknown time between 3:15 pm and
3:28 pm.

[Conversation No. 375-21B]

[See Conversation No. 32-60]

The President talked with Haig between 3:28 pm and 3:29 pm.

[Conversation No. 375-21C]

[See Conversation No. 32-61]

[End of telephone conversation]

        Vietnam peace negotiations
            -Possible press conference by the President
                -Clark MacGregor’s and Colson‘s view
                -Possible press conference on Air Force One
                     -The President’s forthcoming trip to California
            -Kissinger, Haldeman, John D. Ehrlichman
                          -Expanded press pool
                               -Associated Press [AP]
                          -Press coverage
                          -Questions about the 1972 election and Vietnam
                     -Radio talk
                     -Press relations
                          -Newspaper coverage
                          -Informal nature of question and answer [Q&A] session
                               -Photographers
                          -Ziegler
                          -Arrangement of staff and press pool
                               -Strategy on answering
                          -Philip Potter
                          -Peter Lisagor, Washington Post
                          -Garnett D. (“Jack”) Horner
                          -Networks
                          -News magazines
                               -Time, U.S. News and World Report
                          -Informal meeting compared with office press conference
                               -Sarah McClendon
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                                  -Donald H. Segretti
                     -The President’s possible response to questions
                          -Staff
                          -1972 campaign
                     -Potter
                     -CBS
                          -Dan Rather
                     -Theodore H. (“Teddy”) White
                     -Showmanship
                     -1972 election
                     -Timing
                          -San Clemente
                 -Purpose
                     -Record

        The President’s schedule

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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4
[Personal returnable]
[Duration: 10m 17s ]


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Haldeman left at 4:00 pm.