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Start Date: Thursday, January 4, 1973 1:39 AM

End Date: Thursday, January 4, 1973 1:59 AM

Participants:

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

Recording Device: White House Telephone

035-078.mp3

NARA Description:

On January 3, 1973, President Richard M. Nixon and Charles W. Colson talked on the telephone from 8:39 pm to 8:59 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 035-078 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 35-78

Date: January 3, 1973
Time: 8:39 pm and 8:59 pm
Location: White House Telephone

The President talked with Charles W. Colson.

       Congressional relations
            -Reconvention
            -White House legislative staff morale
                  -Colson’s recent conversation with Thomas C. Korologos and Richard K.
                   Cook
                        -Speeches, statements
                        -Request for briefings, fact sheets
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                 -1972 election
                      -Results

Vietnam War
     -Senate Republicans
          -Resolution supporting the President on Vietnam
                 -Unanimity
     -Gerald R. Ford
          -Rules
          -Paul N. (“Pete”) McCloskey, Jr.
          -Leadership
          -Relationship with Colson
          -Robert C. (“Bob”) Wilson
                 -Ford’s probable stance on forthcoming meeting [about Republican
                  Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman], January 6, 1973

Henry A. Kissinger
     -Press relations
           -The President’s schedule
                  -Recent dinner with Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
                        -Haig’s recent conversation with Colson
           -Haig’s conversation with Kissinger
                  -Puerto Rico
           -Haig’s conversations with the President
                  -Caution
                        -Haig’s background
                              -Army
           -Haig’s recent conversation with Colson
           -Source of stories
                  -James B. (“Scotty”) Reston article

Reston
     -Sources in White House
           -Kissinger
     -Recent article on the President
           -2000
                 -“Reunification” of US
     -Influence
           -Interview with Chou En-lai
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Media relations
     -Columbia Broadcasting System [CBS]
            -Herbert G. Klein
                  -Colson’s conversation with Alexander Lankler
                         -Lankler’s background
                               -Washington, DC, Republican lawyer
     -Washington Post
            -Edward Bennett Williams possible meeting with Colson
                  -Tone
            -Station license challenges
                  -Timing
                  -News coverage
                  -Jacksonville, Florida [WJFC]
                  -Miami
                  -News coverage
            -News syndicate
                  -Cancellations
                         -White House relations with Washington Star
                               -Colson’s conversation with Neil Freeman
                                     -King Features
                                     -Gannett syndicate, Maine
            -Williams’s possible meeting with Colson
                  -Purpose
                         -Listening
                               -Compared to telling
                               -Colson’s knowledge of license challenges
     -William S. Paley
     -Lloyd Cutler
            -Meeting with Colson [and Shapiro] partner
     -Williams’ possible meeting with Colson
     -Edith Efron’s book [How CBS Tried to Kill a Book]
            -[The News Twisters]
                  -Theme
                         -CBS’s alleged effort against The News Twisters
            -Forthcoming book
                  -Analysis of 1972 campaign
            -Reviews

William B. Saxbe
      -Ohio International Brotherhood of Teamsters
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                 -Support
                        -Removal
                              -Saxbe reaction
           -Press relations
                 -Cincinnati and Columbus newspapers
                        -Donald D. Clancy
                        -Samuel L. Devine
           -White House relations
                 -Senate
           -Labor, press relations
           -White House relations
                 -Telephone calls
           -Effect of criticism

      Stock market
           -Dow Jones Industrial Average
                -Increase
           -Volume of trading
           -Economic indicators
                -Tone
                      -Vietnam War

      Press relations
            -Colson recent meeting with Paul L. Martin
                   -Martin’s indentity
                        -US News and World Report
                        -Conservatism
                        -Loyalty
                        -Health
                               -Cataracts
                   -Congressional relations
                        -1972 election
                        -Republicans


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      Congressional relations
           -1972 election
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                 -Republican candidates
           -Silent Majority

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           -Hugh Scott
                -Picketing of home by youth, Christmas 1972
                      -Effect on Scott

      Public relations [PR]
            -National economy, leadership

      Press relations
            Smith Hempstone, Jr. article, January 3, 1973
                   -1972
                         -Reply to David S. Broder
                         -The President’s first term accomplishments
                              -1969
                                    -Cold War
                              -The President’s trips to the People’s Republic of China [PRC]
                                and Soviet Union
                              -Election

      Congressional relations
           -Public opinion
                 -Washington, DC
           -Ronald L. Ziegler statement
                 -Tone
                 -Colson’s viewing on television [TV]
                 -Colson’s recent meeting with Ziegler
                 -Tone
           -Schedule
                 -Resolutions
           -[Thomas] Hale Boggs's funeral
           -Harry S. Truman's memorial service
           -Bipartisan leadership meeting, January 5, 1973
           -Saxbe
                 -Teamsters’ support
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              -Press relations
                    -Ohio
        -Briefings

Thomas W. (“Teddy”) Gleason's statement
    -New York
    -Support for the President's Southeast Asia policy
    -International Longshoremen's Association
          -Loading and unloading ships
          -US-Australia and US-Italy relations
    -Effect
    -Press relations
          -US foreign policy
                 -Washington Post
                 -New York Times
                 -Reston
                 -Youth
                 -W. Ramsey Clark
                       -North Vietnamese hospital
                            -US bombing

Clark
        -Hue orphanage
             -North Vietnamese rocket attack
             -Veterans of Foreign Wars [VFW]
                   -Recent conversation with Colson
        -TV statement
             -North Vietnam
        -South Vietnam

Roberto Clemente Memorial Fund
     -Richard A. Moore
     -The President's recent meeting with [Daniel M Galbreath, Dave Giusti and Steve
      Blass]
           -Moore
     -The President's contribution
           -Ziegler’s statement
           -Moore
           -Press and media relations
     -Press and media relations
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                                                            Conversation No. 35-78 (cont’d)

                 -Emotion
                 -The President's statement, January 2, 1973
                      -American Broadcasting Company [ABC]
                      -Advertisements
                            -Moore

      Congressional relations
           -Public opinion
                 -Republicans
                       -1972 election
           -Charles H. Percy
                 -Resolution supporting the President on Vietnam
                       -Norris Cotton


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           -Republican leadership
                -Cotton
                      -Senate Republican Conference
                            -Chairmanship
                -Ford
                      -Wilson
                      -National Republican Campaign Committee
                            -Timing
                      -Republican National Committee [RNC]
                      -Robert J. Dole
                            -1972 election
                      -Recruitment of Republican Candidates for 1974 elections
                      -Priority

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