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Start Date: Wednesday, November 1, 1972 10:12 PM

End Date: Wednesday, November 1, 1972 10:55 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")Kissinger, Henry A.Price, Raymond K., Jr.Nixon, Thelma C. ("Pat") (Ryan)Woods, Rose Mary

Recording Device: Old Executive Office Building

391-010.mp3

NARA Description:

On November 1, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, Henry A. Kissinger, Raymond K. Price, Jr., Thelma C. ("Pat") (Ryan) Nixon, and Rose Mary Woods met in the President's office in the Old Executive Office Building from 5:12 pm to 5:55 pm. The Old Executive Office Building taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 391-010 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 391-10

Date: November 1, 1972
Time: 5:12 pm - 5:55 pm
Location: Executive Office Building

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


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       The President’s speech, “Look to the Future”
            -Length
            -Taping
                  -Broadcast
                  -Television [TV]
                  -Repetition
                  -Timing
                  -Delivery
                         -Risks
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                  NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                                    Tape Subject Log
                                     (rev. Mar.-08)

                                                           Conversation No. 391-10 (cont’d)


      1972 campaign
           -Thelma C. (“Pat”) Nixon
                -Film

      The President’s speech, “Look to the Future”
           -Duration
           -Pace
           -Tape editing
                 -Deletions
           -Opening
                 -Wording
                        -John Adams
                 -Raymond K. Price, Jr.
           -Presentation
                 -White House library

      The President’s trips
           -New Mexico

                 -Albuquerque
                      -Advantages
            -Boston
                 -Opposition

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      Kissinger
            -Promise to Anatoliy F. Dobrynin
                 -The President’s possible meeting with head of Soviet Union academy of
                  sciences [Mistislav V. Keldysh]
                        -Timing

Haldeman talked with Kissinger at an unknown time between 5:15 pm and 5:42 pm.

[Conversation No. 391-10A]

      The President’s schedule
                                             -27-

                   NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. Mar.-08)

                                                             Conversation No. 391-10 (cont’d)

             -Meeting with Keldysh
                  -Timing

[End of telephone conversation]

       Kissinger
             -Manner
                 -Meeting with Haldeman

       The President’s speech, “Look to the Future”
            -George S. McGovern’s corruption charges
            -1972 election
                  -Importance
                         -World peace
                              -John Adams
                              -The President’s trips to the People’s Republic of China [PRC]
                                and Soviet Union
                              -The President’s decisions
                              -The President’s trips to the PRC and Soviet Union
                              -[McGovern]
                                    -Chance of winning


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[Begin segment reviewed under deed of gift]

       1972 campaign
            -The President’s trips
                 -Rhode Island
                 -Scheduling
            -The President’s schedule
                 -TV appearances
                       -Timing
                       -Purchase of air time
                              -Columbia Broadcasting System [CBS]
                              -American Broadcasting Corporation [ABC]
                              -Football game
                       -The President’s speech, “Look to the Future”
                       -Length
            -McGovern
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                NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                                   Tape Subject Log
                                    (rev. Mar.-08)

                                                          Conversation No. 391-10 (cont’d)

               -TV appearances
                      -Cancellation
                      -Length
                      -Timing
                            -Football game
                            -ABC
                            -CBS
          -The President’s TV appearances
               -Length
                      -Long campaign
                      -Issues
                      -Purchase of air time
                      -Commercials
               -Announcements
               -Documentary
               -McGovern
               -Coordination
                      -Football games
                            -CBS
          -Speech writing staff
               -Price
                      -Thinker
                      -Editor
          -The President’s speech, “Look to the Future”
               -Foreign policy issues
                      -Importance
                      -Vietnam War
               -Text
                      -Release
               -Vietnam
               -Announcement
               -Radio
               -Foreign policy section
                      -Editing
                      -Vietnam
                      -John G. Schmitz
                            -TV appearance

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                                               -29-

                   NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                      (rev. Mar.-08)

                                                           Conversation No. 391-10 (cont’d)



Haldeman talked with an unknown person at an unknown time between 5:15 pm and 5:42 pm.

[Conversation No. 391-10H]

       Request

[End of telephone conversation]

The President talked with Kissinger 5:42 pm.

[Conversation No. 3491-10C]

       Vietnam negotiations
            -George C. Wallace
                 -Briefing by Alexander M. Haig, Jr.

[End of telephone conversation]

       Press conference
             -Advisability
                   -Patrick J. Buchanan
                         -View
                   -Ronald L. Ziegler’s views
             -Alternatives
                   -Ziegler’s view
                         -Garnett D. (“Jack”) Horner
                   -Horner
                         -The President’s departure for California
                         -Duration
                   -The President’s return from California
                         -Theodore H. White, Nicholas P. Thimmesch
                                -Duration


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       1972 campaign
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                   NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. Mar.-08)

                                                            Conversation No. 391-10 (cont’d)

             -Charles W. Colson’s call
                   -Boston
                   -Baltimore
                   -MacGregor
                   -Radio
             -Massachusetts
                   -The President’s chances of victory
             -Outcome
                   -Predictions
             -Primary issues
                   -Vietnam
                         -Voter turnout
                         -Amnesty
             -The President’s image
                   -Popular perceptions
             -Watergate issue
                   -Importance
                   -John S. (“Jack”) Knight
                   -The President’s press conferences
                         -Ziegler
                         -Advisability
                         -Purpose
                         -TV coverage
             -William E. Brock, III
                   -Plan
                   -Republican National Committee [RNC]

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The President left at an unknown time after 5:42 pm.

Haldeman talked with Raymond K. Price, Jr. [?] at an unknown time between 5:42 pm and 5:47
pm.

[Conversation No. 391-10D]

       The President’s schedule
            -The President’s forthcoming speech, “Look to the Future”
                                            -31-

                   NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. Mar.-08)

                                                           Conversation No. 391-10 (cont’d)

                  -Duration
                  -Draft
                        -Review by the President

The President entered at an unknown time before 5:47 pm.

[End of telephone conversation]


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       Republican Party
            -Purpose in elections
                  -RNC
                        -Candidates

The President talked with Thelma C. (“Pat”) Nixon between 5:47 pm and 5:48 pm.

[Conversation No. 391-10E]

[See Conversation No. 32-124]

[End of telephone conversation]

The President talked with Rose Mary Woods at an unknown time between 5:48 pm and 5:55 pm.

[Conversation No. 391-10F]

       The President’s schedule
            -Dinner
                  -Mrs. Nixon

[End of telephone conversation]

       Republican party
            -Candidate selection
                  -Ethnics
                  -Youth
                  -New Majority
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                  NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                      (rev. Mar.-08)

                                                           Conversation No. 391-10 (cont’d)

                  -Senate
                  -Senate campaign committee
                  -House campaign committee
                  -1971 spending
                        -Staff size
                  -Efforts
                        -Automation
                               -Farmers
                               -Constituencies
                        -Staff work
                  -Staffing
                        -Recruitment
                  -Leadership
                        -Brock
                        -Daniel H. Kuykendall
                        -Margaret Chase Smith
                  -Congress
                  -Chairmanship
                        -Robert J. Dole
                               -Spokesmen
                  -Candidate selection
                        -Youth
                  -Chairmanship
                        -Dole
                               -Departure
                  -Staffing
                  -Chairmanship
                        -State chairmen

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The President talked with Henry A. Kissinger at an unknown time between 5:48 pm and 5:55
pm.

[Conversation No. 391-10G]

       The President’s speech, “Look to the Future”
            -Vietnam negotiations
                                              -33-

                   NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. Mar.-08)

                                                             Conversation No. 391-10 (cont’d)

                  -Paris
                           -Latest developments
                                 -The President’s comments
                                       -Soundness

[End of telephone conversation]


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       1972 campaign
            -Pictures
                  -Ohio
                  -Unknown girl
            -The President’s lead

Haldeman left at 5:55 pm.

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