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Start Date: Wednesday, March 24, 1971 3:05 PM

End Date: Wednesday, March 24, 1971 3:43 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Dominick, Peter H.MacGregor, Clark[Unknown person(s)]

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:55:21

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 01:33:37

471-007.mp3

NARA Description:

On March 24, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, Peter H. Dominick, Clark MacGregor, and unknown person(s) met in the Oval Office of the White House from 10:05 am to 10:43 am. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 471-007 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 471-7

Date: March 24, 1971
Time: 10:05 am - 10:43 am
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Peter H. Dominick and Clark MacGregor

     Greetings

     President’s previous conversation with MacGregor

     Supersonic Transport [SST]
          -Current count in Senate
               -Hubert H. Humphrey
                     -George Meany
                           -Previous conversation with the President
               -Margaret Chase Smith
                     -A letter from the President to Smith
                           -Portsmouth, New Hampshire naval facility

An unknown person entered at an unknown time after 10:05 am

     Refreshment order

The unknown person left at an unknown time before 10:43 am

     Ernest F. (“Fritz”) Hollings [?]

     A letter signed by the President

     Kenneth E. BeLieu’s schedule

     A letter signed by the President concerning Portsmouth, New Hampshire
           -Campaign promise
           -Norris Cotton
           -Smith
           -George D. Aiken
           -Louis C. Wyman

     Dominick’s March 23, 1971 meeting with the President
         -Future series of meetings
                                            14

                         NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                    Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 9/08)



              -Robert C. (“Bob”) Wilson [?], Robert J. Dole
              -Charles H. Percy

    President’s interview with Howard K. Smith
         -Cotton’s comments
               -Access to the President
                     -Consultation with Congress
                                                                   Conv. No. 471-7 (cont.)
    Columns
        -A personal secretary

    Republican leadership meeting
        -A leak
              -H. Allen Smith
              -Possible solutions
              -Problems
              -Dominick’s concerns
              -Dominick’s notetaking


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 3m 56s ]


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    Environment
         -William H. Chisholm
               -Relations with Dominick
               -Former president of Rockford Paper Company
               -Ethyl Corporation plant in Maine
                    -Operations
                    -Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] study
                          -Results
                          -Injunction
                                -Violation of Clean Water Act
                                   15

               NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                           Tape Subject Log
                              (rev. 9/08)



                 -Justice and Interior Departments
                 -Walter J. Hickel
                       -Call from Dominick
                 -Walter L. Cronkite, Jr. story
                 -Court action
                 -Plant closing
                 -Hickel’s statements concerning Kennebec River
                       -Pollution                            Conv. No. 471-7 (cont.)
           -DuPont research on nitrilotriacetic acid [NTA] chemical
                 -Unleaded gasoline
                 -American and/or General Motors
                 -Department of Health, Education, and Welfare [HEW] action
           -Hickel
     -Relations with Dominick
-Congress
     -Legislation
-Administration position
     -White House staff
     -President’s position
-Business
     -Procter and Gamble
-Movement supporters
     -President’s view
     -Florida barge canal
           -Letter-writing campaigns
           -White House staff action
-Alaskan pipeline
     -President’s position
           -Location
     -Rogers C. B. Morton’s position
     -Opponents’ position
     -Hickel
     -Possible action
           -John N. Mitchell
     -Location
           -President’s position
           -Canadian alternative
-SST
     -Opponents
           -Position
                 -Danger of cancer
                                        16

                     NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                Tape Subject Log
                                   (rev. 9/08)



     -Legitimate environmental issues
          -Water
     -Business
          -Oil and manufacturing industry
                -Effect
                -Automobile industry
                      -Effect
     -Chisholm                                            Conv. No. 471-7 (cont.)
          -Administration action
                -Bureaucracy
                      -Interior Department
     -Future action by Dominick and White House
     -Movement supporters
          -Position
     -Resources
          -Use
          -The West
          -Alaska
          -Florida
          -Colorado
                -Views of Colorado residents
                      -SST
     -SST
          -Polls
                -Public opinion

Farm reorganization
     -A luncheon, March 23, 1971
          -Milton R. Young
                -Department of Agriculture
                -Farmers
                -Farm vote in 1972
                      -Support for the Administration
     -Agriculture Department
          -Farmers’ view
          -School lunch program and farm surplus
                -Pork
                -Publicity
          -Public relations
                -Dominick’s view
                -Need for better publicity
                                        17

                    NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                Tape Subject Log
                                   (rev. 9/08)



     -Farmers
          -Dominick’s view
          -Farmers’ fears
                -Bureaucracy
                      -Department of Agriculture
          -Colorado
          -Iowa
          -South Carolina                                Conv. No. 471-7 (cont.)
     -1968 election results
          -Support for the President

Vice President Spiro T. Agnew
     -Relations with press
     -Relations with youth
           -Credibility problems
           -Speeches by Agnew
     -Relations with press
     -Dominick’s view
           -Agnew’s speeches
                -Press attacks
     -1972 election
     -Relations with youth
           -Dominick’s children
     -Fundraising
     -Relations with youth
           -1972 election
     -An unknown person’s suggestion to Dominick
     -Jack N. Anderson

Republican leadership meetings with President
    -Cotton
    -President’s style
          -Decision-making
          -Congressional briefings
          -Input from Congress
    -Scope
    -Gordon L. Allott
          -Suggestions for changes
    -President’s programs
          -Republican support
    -Leaders’ relations with constituents
          -Walter F. Mondale, Gaylord Nelson
                                              18

                         NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                   Tape Subject Log
                                      (rev. 9/08)



    President’s March 23, 1971 meeting with mayors
         -Washington Post
               -Picture
               -Three Democrat mayors
               -Statements on Edmund S. Muskie
               -Joseph Alioto

    An unknown man                                            Conv. No. 471-7 (cont.)


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 2
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 30s ]


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    Vietnam War
         -Possible action
              -Effect on future
                    -1972
              -Hue

    Economy
        -Stock market
              -Current and future levels
        -President’s view
              -Targets
        -Money supply
              -Milton Friedman’s prediction
                   -Summer and fall 1972
        -Stock market
              -Effect
              -Levels
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                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 9/08)



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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 5m 16s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4                                           Conv. No. 471-7 (cont.)

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Dominick and MacGregor left at 10:43 am