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750–1
  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • H. R. Haldeman
  • Spiro T. Agnew
  • John N. Mitchell
  • Stephen B. Bull
July 21, 1972
Conversation No. 750-1

Date: July 21, 1972
Time: 2:04 pm - 3:11 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew and John N.
Mitchell. This recording began at an unknown time while the conversation was in progress.


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Appointments to office after election
-Regions
-Criterion
-Support for the President
-Republicans


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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

Tape Subject Log
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Transportation
-Airplanes for candidates
-Chartered planes
-1968
-Compared to military planes
-Agnew's flight to Alaska
-Political nature
-Costs
-Costs
-C-135s
-Compared to C-137s
-Government planes
-Airports and landing
-707s
-727s
-Political advantage
-Stewardesses
-Press
-Difficulty for the President
-Communications
-727
-Compared to Jetster
-Publicity for Agnew
-Arrangements for Agnew
-Democratic candidates
-Hubert H. Humphrey

Administration accomplishments
-Use of anecdotes
-The President and Dwight D. Eisenhower
-Lebanon
-Hungary
-Agnew and the President
-May 8, 1972 blockade
-Bureaucracy
-Agnew’s speechmaking
-Coverage of foreign policy
-Democrats' weaknesses
-Administration’s strengths
-Speech conclusions
-The President and Eisenhower
-Coverage of domestic policy
-Adlai E. Stevenson, II
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Tape Subject Log
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-Accomplishments under the President's administration
-Revenue sharing
-Congressional inaction


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Reasons for support of the President
-General statements
-The President's dramatic shift in foreign policy
-Future
-Promise of peace
-Vietnam
-Philosophical rejection of Communism
-Domestic accomplishments
-Revived economy
-Governmental reform
-Avoidance of tax increases
-Use of marijuana
-Importance of deploring use
-Amnesty for draft-dodgers
-The President's policy
-Statement by Thomas F. Eagleton
-George S. McGovern's policy
-Compared to the President’s
-Vietnam

Draft dodgers
-Abraham Lincoln's policy
-Story of unknown man and Lincoln
-Canada
-White House visit
-Equivalent service
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Tape Subject Log
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-Prison
-Peace Corps
-Police
-Amnesty for Confederates
-Chu Hoi program
-South Vietnamese
-Viet Cong
-Partial amnesty for deserters
-Opposition to amnesty for deserters
-The President’s position
-Penalty

1972 Campaign
-Draft dodgers
-Attitude of George McGovern and liberal commentators
-Amnesty after war differentiated from amnesty during war
-Press
-Faithful service of conscripts
-The President’s comment at press conference
-Deserters
-Punishment of deserters
-McGovern's support of amnesty
-Doral Hotel speech
-Statement
-Later modification
-Shift of position
-John Chancellor commentary

Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 2:04 pm.

The President's schedule

Bull left at an unknown time before 3:11 pm.

Amnesty issue
-McGovern's repudiations of earlier statements
-American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations [AFL-
CIO]
-Political use
-Quotation of McGovern's statements
-Playboy article
-Doral Hotel
-Use in advertisements
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Tape Subject Log
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Vice president announcement
-Agnew press briefing
-Scheduling
-Agnew’s attendance
-Ronald L. Ziegler role
-Airport conference
-Agnew’s home
-Ziegler's announcement
-Agnew’s press conference at airport
-The President's recommendation to Republican National Convention
-Agnew’s renomination
-Advance information to others
-Clark MacGregor
-Robert J. Dole
-MacGregor
-Hugh Scott
-Gerald R. Ford
-The President’s comment in January 1972
-Ziegler's treatment of questions
-Opposition to Agnew’s renomination
-Jacob K. Javits


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Crippling strikes legislation
-Possible questions about Robert W. Packwood’s complaints
-Possible call from George P. Shultz
-Administration's position on legislation
-Chances of passage
-House of Representatives
-Senate
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-Likelihood of crippling strike
-Attempts to pass labor legislation
-Shultz and James D. Hodgson
-Talks with labor
-Arbitration of crippling strikes
-Perception
-Influence on George Meany's nonendorsement of McGovern
-Influence of International Brotherhood of Teamsters'
endorsement of the President
-Administration's framing of proposed labor legislation
-Hodgson
-Shultz
-Packwood's attempts to pass administration's labor proposals through
Senate
-Assessment of administration's proposed labor legislation in House of
Representatives
-Power of labor committee
-Influence of labor unions
-Administration's support of proposed labor legislation
-Efforts to pass legislation through Congress
-Dilution of effort because of support of other proposed legislation
-Revenue sharing
-Welfare reform
-Difficulties of passage
-Packwood's efforts in Senate

Regular meetings between administration and Congressmen
-Discussion of Congressmen's problems
-States and districts
-Agnew as administration's liaison
-The President's schedule
-Meeting with both supporters and opponents
-Wednesday Group
-Discussion of busing

The President's schedule
-Meeting with foreign ambassadors

Administration's relations with Congress
-Partisanship
-The President's possible veto of popular legislation

Agnew’s trip
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-Unknown person
-Credibility issue

Farewells
-Martha (Beall) Mitchell

Mitchell, Agnew and Haldeman left at 3:11 pm.
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