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757–5
  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • Charles W. Colson
  • H. R. Haldeman
  • UNKNOWN
  • Caspar W. "Cap" Weinberger
  • George P. Shultz
  • Herbert Stein
  • John D. Ehrlichman
July 31, 1972
Conversation No. 757-5

Date: July 31, 1972
Time: 4:10 pm - 5:38 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Charles Colson at 4:10 pm.

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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1
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[Duration: 7m 42s ]

H.R. (“Bob”) Haldeman entered at 4:15 pm.

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The President's schedule
-The President’s press conference, July 27, 1972
-The President’s conversation with Ronald L. Ziegler and Haldeman
-John B. Connally
-Location
-Madison Hotel
-Meeting with the President

H.R. Haldeman talked with an unknown person at an unknown time between 4:15 pm and
4:22 pm. The President and Colson can be heard in the background.

[Conversation No. 757-5A]

Connally
-Location
-Dinner
The President’s recent press conference [?]
-Timing
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

Tape Subject Log
(rev. Mar-02)

[End of telephone conversation]

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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 2
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[Duration: 2m 56s ]


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The President's schedule
-Connally

The President left at an unknown time after 4:15 pm.

Connally
-Sensitivity

Caspar W. (“Cap”) Weinberger, George P. Shultz, and Herbert Stein entered at 4:22 pm.

New Economic Policy
-Pierre Rinfret

Budget
-Clark MacGregor
-Rinfret
-Leonard Garment
-John A. Volpe

John D. Ehrlichman entered at 4:23 pm.

Unknown man

Budget
-Highway funds
-Job creation

“Wreckonomics”

Shultz’s telephone call to an unknown person

The President entered at an unknown time after 4:23 pm.
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

Tape Subject Log
(rev. Mar-02)

Seating arrangements for photograph session

The President's schedule
-Allen J. Ellender's funeral
-Russell B. Long
-Conversation with the President
-Transportation
-Transportation
-Governor of Louisiana [Edwin W. Edwards]
-Connally

National economy
-Possible federal spending ceiling
-Politics
-Previous meeting with the President
-Democratic National Convention
-Consumer Price Index [CPI]
-Unemployment
-Tax package
-Food prices
-Unemployment
-[Hurricane Agnes] flooding
-Effect on food prices and unemployment
-Prospects
-Growth of Gross National Product [GNP]
-Revisions of figures
-July [?] 15, 1972
-CPI
-Unemployment
-Meat prices
-Decline
-Wholesale
-Retail
-1972 election
-Democrats' attacks
-economy

1972 campaign
-Economy
-Democrats’ attacks
-Federal budget
-Deficit
-Paul A. Samuelson
-Walter W. Heller
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

Tape Subject Log
(rev. Mar-02)

-Inflation
-Taxes
-Deficit
-Heller-Samuelson testimony
-John Kenneth Galbraith
-Public sector spending
-compared to private sector spending
-Issues
-The President's performance
-Polls
-Inflation, taxes, unemployment
-Crime

An unknown person entered at an unknown time after 4:32 pm.

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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3
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[Duration: 2m 11s ]

The unknown person left at an unknown time before 5:38 pm.

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National economy
-Inflation
-Food prices
-Meat
-CPI
-Unemployment
-Lay-off rate
-Decline
-Public opinion
-Lag in public perceptions
-Albert E. Sindlinger's poll
-Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr's article in New York Times Magazine, July 30, 1972
-Economic stimulation
-Inflation, unemployment
-Possible date of writing
-McGovern
-Inflation, unemployment
-CPI compared to voter perceptions
-Food prices
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

Tape Subject Log
(rev. Mar-02)

-Louis P. Harris poll
-Commerce Department
-Sindlinger poll
-Medical care
-Effect on the President's popularity
-“War on Cancer” program
-Nursing homes initiative
-[McGovern]
John F. Kennedy
-Possible administration actions
-Public relations efforts
-1972 election
-Food prices
-Administration's actions
-Removal of meat import quotas
-Wholesale prices
-Futures prices
-Farmers reaction
-Telegrams
-Inflation
-Federal spending
-Wages and prices
-Economic expansion
-Unemployment
-Heller-Samuelson line
-Spending ceiling
-McGovern's platform
-Consumer education
-Farm prices
-Parity
-Perceptions
-Harris poll
-Consumer blame
-Farmers
-Compared to processors
-Administration's possible actions
-Freeze on food prices
-Timing
-1972 election
-Republican National Convention
-Harris’ view
-Public relations efforts
-August 15, 1971 program
-Impact
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

Tape Subject Log
(rev. Mar-02)

-Tax relief
-Administration concern
-Wilbur H. Mills, McGovern plans
-Voters' views
-Administration's possible actions
-Support for change
-McGovern's views
-George C. Wallace's views
-Democratic primaries
-Responsibility
-Concern
-Ceiling on federal spending
-Administration's position
-The President’s meeting with Senators and Congressmen, July 31, 1972
-As public issue
-Polls
-Balancing the budget
-Taxes
-Possible legislation
-Taxes
-Possible veto
-Possible Congressional action
-Prices
-McGovern and supporters' possible opposition
-Effect
-Taxes
-Congress
-Spending
-Overriding vetoes
-Defense cuts
-Taxes
-Taxes
-Current state
-Administration's possible actions
-Food prices
-1972 election
-Avoidance of controls
-Quotas
-Taxes
-Public relations efforts

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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

Tape Subject Log
(rev. Mar-02)

[Personal returnable]
[Duration: 6m 13s ]


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Economy
-Public relations efforts
-Administration's possible actions
-Inflation
-Economic growth
-Unemployment
-Robert P. Griffin's comment about automobile industry
-Employment
-Relation to sales
-Overtime
-Productivity
-Public relations efforts

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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 5
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[Duration: 18s ]


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-Controls and tax reform
-Hobart Rowen
-Criticism
-Selective freeze
-Food prices
-Meat
-Voters' perceptions
-Cost of living
-Compared to wages
-Food prices
-Unemployment
-Harris poll
-Food prices
-Blame
-Middlemen, processors
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

Tape Subject Log
(rev. Mar-02)

-Consumers
-Grocery stores
-Farmers
-Edward R.G. Heath's election
-Support of housewives
-Food prices
-Heath’s subsequent performance
-Food prices
-Food prices
-Administration’s opposition
-Tariffs
-Discussion at San Clemente
-Problems
-Meat cutter’s union
-Prospects
-September, October 1972
-Agriculture Department
-Controls
-Beef and other raw agricultural products
-Political consequences
-San Clemente
-Cattlemen, supermarkets, meat packers
-Retail level
-Ninety day wage and price freeze
-Timing
-Labor Day
-Effect
-Delay
-Processors
-The President’s August 15, 1971 statement
-Profit margins
-As component of CPI
-Separation
-Agriculture Department
-Possible announcement
-Instruction to Bureau of Labor Statistics
-Food price index
-Public perceptions
-Taxes
-Status
-Taxes, inflation
-Public relations
-Ehrlichman's speeches
-Taxes, buying power, food prices
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

Tape Subject Log
(rev. Mar-02)

-Status quo
-Administration's possible action

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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 7
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[Duration: 21s ]


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-Administration's accomplishments
-Salability
-Buying power
-Social Security tax
-Portion of taxes

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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 8
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[Duration: 9m 50s ]


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-Administration program
-Wage and price controls
-Decontrol
-Haranguing bankers
-Exemptions
-Low income
-Small firms
-Tax reform
-Republican platform
-Property tax relief
-McGovern
-Mills
-Value-added tax [VAT]
-Range
-Simplified income tax forms
-The President's policies
-Effectiveness
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

Tape Subject Log
(rev. Mar-02)

-Inflation
-Unemployment
-Samuelson’s and Heller’s view
-Press coverage
-Food prices

Council of Economic Advisors [CEA]
-Administrative structure
-Staff burden
-Role
-Marina Von N. Whitman
-Public speaking
-Treasury, Commerce Department, Office of Management and Budget [OMB]
-Size of staff
-Public relations
-Speaking engagements
-Television
-Questions and answers [Q&A]
-Wall Street Journal
-Ladies' Home Journal, Time
-Women in economy
-Youth
-Timing
-Ezra Solomon
-Rowen
-John F. Osborne
-Television
-U.S. News and World Report, Barron's, Wall Street
Journal, Business Week
-Today Show, Columbia Broadcasting System [CBS] Evening News
-Schedule planning
-Invitations
-Colson

Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 4:23 pm.

The President’s schedule

Bull left at an unknown time before 5:38 pm.

-CEA
-Performance
-Schedule
-Statements
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

Tape Subject Log
(rev. Mar-02)

-Republicans' speeches
-Donald H. Rumsfeld

Taxes
-The President’s position
-Compared to opponents

General conversation
-Republican platform
-Connally

Colson, Haldeman, Weinberger, Shultz, Stein, and Ehrlichman left at 5:38 pm.
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