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Start Date: Wednesday, November 8, 1972 2:16 PM

End Date: Wednesday, November 8, 1972 2:29 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Dent, Harry S.

Recording Device: White House Telephone

033-069.mp3

NARA Description:

On November 8, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Harry S. Dent talked on the telephone from 9:16 am to 9:29 am. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 033-069 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 33-69

Date: November 8, 1972
Time: 9:16 am - 9:29 am
Location: White House Telephone

The President talked with Harry S. Dent.

[See Conversation No. 813-12]


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       1972 election
            -The President's victory
            -Dent's appearance on television [TV]
                   -News summary
            -South
                   -Senate gains
                   -House of Representatives gains
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                                                Conversation No. 33-69 (cont’d)

     -The President's coattails
           -James E. Holzhouser
     -S. Fletcher Thompson
           -Defeat
                  -Dent’s view
           -Mail privileges
     -House Campaign Committee
           -Quality of candidates
                  -George S. McGovern
                  -Dent’s efforts
           -Mississippi
           -Democrats
-Republican candidates
     -Quality
           -North and West
                  -The President’s view
           -Age
           -The President’s efforts
                  -William L. Scott
                  -Jesse M. Helms
-Republican losses
     -Jack Miller
           -The President’s schedule
                  -Iowa
           -Personality
     -Gordon L. Allott
           -Margin of loss
     -Incumbents
           -Dent’s view
           -Reasons for losses
                  -Egos
     -Margaret Chase Smith
           -Reason for loss
                  -Age
     -J. Caleb Boggs
           -Vice President Spiro T. Agnew visit to Delaware
                  -Dwight D. Eisenhower administration
-The President's visits
     -North Carolina
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                         Tape Subject Log
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                                               Conversation No. 33-69 (cont’d)

      -Oklahoma
      -Kentucky
      -Rhode Island
      -Kentucky
             -Louie B. Nunn
                   -Sales tax issue
                   -Personality
      -Rhode Island
             -John H.Chafee
                   -Dovishness
-Minnesota
      -Hubert H. Humphrey
-Alaska
-McGovern
      -Massachusetts
-California
-The President's victory
      -Percentage
             -Media coverage
                   -Lyndon B. Johnson
      -Electoral votes
             -McGovern
                   -Alfred M. (“Alf”) Landon
      -Percentage
             -Johnson in 1964
                   - 61.1%
      -John G. Schmitz
             -Source of support
-Holtzhouser
      -Campaign
             -Victory
                   -Coattails
-Republican Party
      -Replacement
             -The President’s view
             -South
-Press relations
      -Washington Star
      -Liberal press
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                    NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY

                               Tape Subject Log
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                                                      Conversation No. 33-69 (cont’d)

          -McGovern
                 -Reasons for defeat
                       -Tactics
                       -Thomas F. Eagleton
                       -Issues
                              -Welfare
                              -Busing
                              -Amnesty
                              -Drugs
                              -Welfare
     -South
          -Race issue
          -Patriotism
          -Moral values
          -Enthusiasm for the President
                 -North Carolina, Oklahoma, Georgia
     -Voter turnout
          -Landslide
     -The President's victory
          -The President’s trip to the Peoples Republic of China [PRC]
          -The President’s May 8, 1972 decision
                 -Mining of Haiphong Harbor
          -The President’s trip to the Soviet Union
          -“Triple Play” terminology

Vietnam
     -Settlement
            -Timing
                 -1972 election

1972 election
     -McGovern
            -Manner
            -Concession statement
                 -Tone
                       -Contrast with the President
            -Image
                 -Negativism
     -South
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                                                                             Conversation No. 33-69 (cont’d)

                      -Southern Democrats
                      -Border states
                            -North Carolina
                      -Virginia
                      -Georgia and South Carolina
                            -Weakness of Republicans
                            -Edward Young
                                  -Previous meeting with the President
                                  -Quality
                -Candidates
                      -Quality
                      -National Republican Party
                            -1971 spending
                -The President's visits
                      -Effect
                            -Democrats
                      -Number of states
                      -Maine
                      -Colorado
                            -Allott
                                  -Candidacy
                -Incumbents
                      -Defeat
                            -Dent’s view
                -Future candidates
                      -Recruitment
                -California returns

        Dent's location
              -The President's schedule

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                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY

                                   Tape Subject Log
                                     (rev. June-07)

                                                      Conversation No. 33-69 (cont’d)

      1972 election
           -California
                  -Returns
           -Popular vote
                  -Figures
                        -Timing
                               -News summary
                  -Percentage
                  -Johnson in 1964
                        -Voter registration
                  -Voter turn-out
                        -Compared to 1964
                        -Nonvoters
                               -Blacks in South
                                    -McGovern
                               -Republicans
                        -Media relations
                  -Level of apathy
                        -John B. Connally
           -Surrogates
                  -Letters of endorsement
                        -Dent’s efforts
                  -Photograph sessions
                  -Television clips
                        -Senate candidates
                  -Radio tapes
                        -Senate candidates
                  -Telephone calls
                        -Senate candidates
                  -The President's support
                        -H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman

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