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Start Date: Thursday, October 5, 1972 11:50 PM

End Date: Friday, October 6, 1972 12:05 AM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Colson, Charles W.

Recording Device: White House Telephone

031-007.mp3

NARA Description:

On October 5, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Charles W. Colson talked on the telephone from 7:50 pm to 8:05 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 031-007 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 31-7

Date: October 5, 1972
Time: 7:50 pm - 8:05 pm
Location: White House Telephone

The President talked with Charles W. Colson.

        Colson's location

        Press coverage of the President
            -Television coverage
                 -The President’s press conference of October 5, 1972
                     -The President’s conversation with Ronald L. Ziegler
                          -Ziegler’s view
                              -George S. McGovern’s statements
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                           -National Broadcasting Company [NBC]
                       -Future press conferences
                           -Ziegler’s view
                           -Colson’s view
              -Compared with written coverage
                  -Ziegler’s view
                  -Importance
                       -The President’s view
                           -Washington Star, Washington Post
                           -Mary McGrory
                           -Ziegler
              -Dwight L. Chapin’s report on October 5, 1972 press conference
                  -The President’s comment on a tax increase
              -NBC
                  -Ziegler’s view
                  -Richard G. Valeriani
              -Columbia Broadcasting System [CBS]
                  -Recent coverage of the President and McGovern
              -Comparison to 1968 campaign
                  -Ziegler, H.R. (“Bob”) Haldeman
              -James M. Schurz's memorandum to Colson
                  -Edith Efron's analysis of press attitudes
                  -The President’s request for further assessments
              -The President's press conference of October 5, 1972
                  -Public exposure
                       -Samuel Lubell’s view
                       -Value of radio
                  -Statements on taxes, Vietnam, campaign
                  -Jerome R. Waldie
                  -Wire services
                  -Washington Star coverage



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[Duration: 3m 56s ]
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       The President's schedule
           -George P. Shultz's call to Colson
               -Shultz's conversation with George Meany
                    -The President's forthcoming appearance [October 8, 1972 Columbus Day
                    dinner]
                         -Marine Band
                             -The President's comments on Italians
                                  -Mitchellville, Maryland Italian festival
                             -Thomas Jefferson's establishment of band

       Meany
          -Colson's perception
              -Forthcoming dinner
                   -Possible support of the President
          -Possible statement
          -McGovern's peace plan
          -Article
              -Bi-partisan foreign policy

       1972 campaign
           -Television advertisements
               -Hardhat
               -National security
               -Amnesty issue
                    -Colson's conversation with Haldeman
                    -John B. Connally
                    -John N. Mitchell’s view
                    -Effect on youth vote
                        -Economic appeal
                    -Abortion, marijuana
                        -Michael P. Balzano, Jr.
           -McGovern
               -Democratic voters' reaction
                    -Democrats for Nixon

       Vietnam War as issue
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             -Negotiations
                 -McGovern’s peace plan
                     -Vulnerability
                     -Colson's conversation with Louis P. Harris
                          -Harris’s suggestion for White House response
                              -Economic issues
                     -Comments on bombing
                     -Tactics
                          -Colson’s view