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Start Date: 11-Sep-1971 3:47 PM

End Date: 11-Sep-1971 4:16 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Hardin, Clifford M.

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 01:44:28

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 02:13:50

571a.mp3

571b.mp3

571c.mp3

NARA Description:

On September 11, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon and Clifford M. Hardin met in the Oval Office of the White House from 3:47 pm to 4:16 pm. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 571-006 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 571-6

Date: September 13, 1971
Time: 3:47 pm - 4:16 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Clifford M. Hardin.
[This recording began while the conversation was in progress]
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                                     Tape Subject Log
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    The President's schedule
         -Reading
              -Report
                     -Williams Commission
              -Delegation of authority
                     -S. Grover Cleveland
                           -Reading habits

    Hardin
         -Career
               -Future
         -Support for the President
         -Accepting government job
               -Guaranteed preferred income
         -New job opportunity
               -Ralston-Purina
                    -St. Louis, Missouri
                    -Star Kist tuna manufacturing
                          -Owners
                                -Acquaintance with the President
                    -Jack-in-the-Box restaurant franchises
                    -Shrimp production
                          -Nuclear power plants
                                -Warm water
                                -Fishing
                                      -Pacific Ocean
                                            -Fishermen in San Clemente, California
                                -Manolo Sanchez
                                -Amount of fish
                                      -Gulf Stream
                                      -Pacific Coast
         -Presidents support
               -Replacement as Secretary of Agriculture


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                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/06)
                                                              Conv. No. 571-6 (cont.)



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         -New job opportunity
             -Hardin’s public relations activities
                   -Speeches
             -Location
                   -St. Louis
             -Chief Executive Officer [CEO]
                   -Robert Hal Dean
                         -Donald Danforth, Jr.
                   -Public company
                   -Danforth
                         -John C. Danforth
                   -Missouri


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[Privacy]
[Duration: 1m 34s ]


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                         NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/06)
                                                                       Conv. No. 571-6 (cont.)




         -Role as Secretary of Agriculture
              -Robert J. Dole's remarks
                    -Ezra Taft Benson
                    -Orville L. Freeman
              -Achievement
         -Experience as a Cabinet officer
              -Job opportunities after leaving office
                    -1972 election
                    -Lawyers compared with businessmen

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                    -Timing of departure
                         -1972 election
                    -Non-controversial
                         -Low profile
                               -Hardin's strategy
                                     -Farm organizations
                                     -Policy works
                                     -Leadership
                                     -Administration achievement
                                           -Legislation [Agricultural Act of 1970]
                                           -Bipartisan group
         -Timetable for move to new job
              -Administration
                    -Before elections
              -Hardin's successor
                    -Time required for transition
              -Date
                    -Business
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                       NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                  Tape Subject Log
                                    (rev. 10/06)
                                                                 Conv. No. 571-6 (cont.)


                        -September 12, 1971 remarks by unnamed minister [Reverend Ben
                             Haden]
                             -Advice from William P. Rogers
                                  -Legal
                                        -Contract


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[Duration: 1m 9s ]



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         -Hardin's abilities
              -Salesmanship
              -Reputation
              -Advice
         -New job opportunity
              -Assignments
                    -Research and Development [R&D]
                    -Advisory role
              -Nebraska
              -Kansas City
              -Hiring
                    -Youth
                           -R&D


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 6
[Privacy]
[Duration: 1m 4s ]
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                                    Tape Subject Log
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                                                                Conv. No. 571-6 (cont.)



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                     -Research
         -Job situation
               -Timetable
                     -1972 election
               -Hardin's meeting with associates
                     -Company
                     -Department of Agriculture
                          -Officers

    Economy
        -Cabinet
        -Administration policy
             -The President's August 15, 1971 economic action
             -Time
             -Psychological confidence factor
                   -Inflation rate
        -Tax incentives
             -Phase II
                   -Labor leaders
                         -Position on participation
                   -Herbert Stein
                   -Arnold R. Weber
                   -Hardin's forthcoming meeting with farmers
                         -Maurice H. Stans
                               -Paul W. McCracken
                               -George W. Romney
                         -Points of view
                   -George P. Shultz's call to Hardin
                   -James D. Hodgson

    Farm policy
         -Tony C. DeChant
         -Jacob K. Javits
         -Democratic Policy Commission
              -DeChant
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                      NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                  Tape Subject Log
                                    (rev. 10/06)
                                                           Conv. No. 571-6 (cont.)


                 -Patrons of Husbandry [National Grange]
                 -National Farmers Union [NFU]
                 -Remarks to Hardin
     -NFU
           -Position
           -Hubert H. Humphrey
     -John W. Scott
     -William J. Kuhfuss
           -Predecessor
           -Vote
           -Legislation
           -Family
           -Farming
           -Retirement
           -Charles H. Percy

Hardin's career moves
     -Administration's needs
           -Timetable
                 -Hardin's successor
     -Effect of resignation
           -Economic initiative
           -People’s Republic of China [PRC] initiative
     -Role with administration

John D. Rockefeller, III
     -Hardin's acquaintance

Attica state prison riots
      -Nelson A. Rockefeller
      -Amnesty demands
            -Prisoners
                  -Guards
                        -Hostage
            -Rockefeller's negotiations
      -Police operation
            -Death tolls
      -Rockefeller's handling of situation
      -Blacks
            -Angela Y. Davis
            -California
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                         NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                    Tape Subject Log
                                      (rev. 10/06)
                                                              Conv. No. 571-6 (cont.)


         -Rockefeller
              -Blacks
         -Analysis of riot
         -The President's support for Rockefeller
         -National effect
         -Death tolls

    Hardin
         -The President's appreciation
         -The President's advice
              -Cabinet officers
                    -Career moves


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[Duration: 5s ]



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                          -Timing


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 7
[Privacy]
[Duration: 20s ]


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                           NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                                Conv. No. 571-6 (cont.)



                -Hardin’s son-in-law
                     -Work at Department of Justice
                           -John D. Mitchell
                     -Abilities
                     -Politics
                -Hardin’s daughter

Hardin left at 4:16 pm.