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Start Date: 6-Oct-1972 10:03 AM

End Date: 6-Oct-1972 10:06 AM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Ziegler, Ronald L.White House operatorColson, Charles W.Shivers, AllanHaldeman, H. R. ("Bob")[Unknown person(s)]

Recording Device: Oval Office

793-009a.mp3

793-009b.mp3

NARA Description:

On October 6, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon, Ronald L. Ziegler, White House operator, Charles W. Colson, Allan Shivers, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, and unknown person(s) met in the Oval Office of the White House at an unknown time between 10:03 am and 10:06 am. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 793-009 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 793-9

Date: October 6, 1972
Time: 10:06 am - 10:36 am
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Ronald L. Ziegler.

        Greetings

        [Pause]

The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 10:06 am and
10:10 am.

[Conversation No. 793-9A]

[See Conversation No. 31-8]

[End of telephone conversation]

        The President's schedule
            -Radio address on Federal spending
                -Timing
                     -Distribution
                          -US News & World Report
                -The President’s October 5, 1972 press conference
                -Press and media coverage

        President’s recent press conference
            -Media coverage
                    -Tax increase in 1973
                        -Second term
                        -Government spending limit
                                               14
                       NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. Nov-03)

                            -Appropriations Authorization programs
                            -Water bill
                            -Congressional spending
                          -H.R. (“Bob”) Haldeman
                            -Involvement
                          -Patrick J. Buchanan’s news analysis
             -Press

Charles W. Colson entered at 10:10 am.

                      -Lyndon K. ("Mort") Allin
                       -Previous conversation with Colson
                      -Buchanan
                      -Kenneth W. Clawson
                          -Allin
                      -Lead story on all major television [TV] networks
                      -President's points
                      -Corruption charges
                          -Jerome R. Waldie
                          -National Broadcasting Corporation [NBC]
                            -Voice over

The President talked with Allan Shivers between 10:14 and 10:16 a.m.

[Conversation No. 793-9B]

[See Conversation No. 31-9]

[End of telephone conversation]

        The President’s recent press conference
            -Press standards
                -Double standard
                      -Carroll Kilpatrick
                          -Story
            -Media coverage
            -Press and wire services
            -Points
                -Tax reform
                -Corruption
            -Networks
                -Buchanan’s news analysis
                                             15
                     NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. Nov-03)

                -George S. McGovern
                    -October 5, 1972 foreign policy speech
                -1972 campaign
                -Response
                -McGovern’s recent foreign policy speech
                -Frank Reynolds

Haldeman entered at 10:26 am.

        Ziegler's schedule
            -Richard G. Valeriani

        Valeriani
            -Reporting on McGovern
                 -Tone
                     -Edward M. Kennedy’s trip to Chicago

        The President’s recent press conference
            -News summary
            -Mailing

        1972 campaign
            -Attack mode
            -Issues
            -Foreign policy, amnesty, welfare, permissiveness
            -Melvin R. Laird
                 -Face the Nation
            -William P. Rogers forthcoming press conference
                 -McGovern's recent foreign policy speech in Cleveland
                 -Timing
                     -McGovern’s forthcoming TV appearance
                 -McGovern’s recent foreign policy speech
                     -People’s Republic of China [PRC]
                          -Regional security
                              -Indians
                                  -Chinese
                              -Japanese
                              -Koreans
                              -Taiwan, Republic of China
                              -Thailand, Cambodia, Laos
                         -Rogers
                              -Views of McGovern
                                             16
                     NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. Nov-03)

                             -Europe
                        -Vietnam
            -Laird
            -Rogers
            -Tone
                -Vice President Spiro T. Agnew
                    -South Dakota, Hanoi
                -Rogers
            -Rogers’s forthcoming press conference
                -Schedule
                    -State Department


        Press conferences
            -Frequency
                 -Post-1972 election
            -October 5, 1972
                 -Newsworthiness of comments
                     -Network coverage
                          -Lead slot for reporting
                          -Points on taxes, elderly, communist takeover in South Vietnam
                          -Allin
                          -Clawson
                          -John A. Scali
                          -Allin
                          -Jews

An unknown person entered at an unknown time after 10:26 am.

        The President's schedule

The unknown person left at an unknown time before 10:36 am.

        Network coverage
           -Colson’s view
           -The President’s recent press conference
               -Political context
           -Politcal context
               -Viewing the President as candidate, not President
               -Strategic Arms Limitation treaty [SALT] agreement signing
                     -J. William Fulbright
                     -Henry M. (“Scoop”) Jackson
                                              17
                      NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. Nov-03)

                 -Comparison with 1968
                      -Edith Efron's analysis [The News Twisters]
                 -Haldeman's view of in-office press conferences
                      -East Room
                           -Equal time for McGovern
                               -Audience
                               -Debate
                      -Television [TV]
                           -Ceremonial events
                           -SALT signing
                 -Film clips
                 -In-office press conference
                      -Impact
             -President’s recent press conference
                 -Buchanan's analysis
                      -Efron
             -Press relations
                 -Tone
                      -1972 compared to 1968
                           -McGovern
             -President’s recent press conference
                 -Press reaction
                      -Questions
                           -Ziegler’s conversation with Diane Sawyer
             -Press relations
                 -Tone
             -Press conferences
                 -East Room
                      -Tone
                 -In-office
                      -TV

Ziegler, Colson and Haldeman left at 10:36 am.