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948–12
  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • John B. Connally
  • Rose Mary Woods
  • Manolo Sanchez
July 11, 1973
Conversation No. 948-12

Date: July 11, 1973
Time: 3:03 pm - 4:22 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with John B. Connally.

Cabinet meeting, July 11, 1973

National economy

-Export controls

-Exceptions

-Meat

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


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Conversation No. 948-12 (cont’d)

-Ceiling on prices
-Compared to previous action
-President’s program
-Need for taper
-Short-term compared to long-term objectives
-Government’s role
-Consumer expectations
-Food prices
-Fruits and vegetables
-Seasonal fluctuations
-Meat
-Ceiling on price
-Earl L. Butz’s view
-Beef compared with pork
-Hog prices

Rose Mary Woods entered at 3:08 pm.

President’s schedule
-Forthcoming meeting with Senators
-Message
-Julie Nixon Eisenhower

Woods left at 3:10 pm.

National economy
-Meat
-Hog prices
-Fluctuations
-Cycles, overproduction
-Ceiling on price
-President’s program
-Previous meeting
-Support
-President’s strategy
-Arthur F. Burns’s views
-Controls
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Conversation No. 948-12 (cont’d)

-Duration

-Exemptions

-Graduated approach

-Public confidence

-Inflation

-Phase-out timetable

-Food

-60-day
-Input

-Livestock

-Beef-raising cycle

-Butz’s view

-Hog production

-Feed prices

-Corn, grain

-Profitability

-Margin

-Single supplier

-Flexibility

-Agriculture

-Butz’s views

-Leslie C. Arends’s views

-Controls

-Farms, businessmen, labor leaders
-Compared with consumers
-Consumers’ support
-Duration
-Butz
-Poultry production

-Price of eggs

-Cyclic production

-Purina
-Market dominance
-Poultry compared to hog production
-Broilers
-Purina
-Feed subsidies
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Conversation No. 948-12 (cont’d)

-Supply of broilers

-Pork packing houses

-Closings

-Sanitary laws

-Cattle compared to chickens

-Grain

-Export controls

-Connally’s support


Manolo Sanchez entered at an unknown time after 3:10 pm.

Refreshments

Sanchez left at an unknown time before 4:22 pm.

National economy
-Export controls

-Duration

-Possible effects

-Priorities
-Domestic consumption compared to world consumption
-Timing
-Crop yields
-Agricultural acreage
-World food supplies

-Prosperity

-Soviet Union

-Leonid I. Brezhnev’s decisions
-Consumer
-People’s Republic of China [PRC]
-Transition of economy
-Future strain of PRC demand
-Payment
-Balance of trade
-Textiles
-World food shortage
-US role
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Conversation No. 948-12 (cont’d)

-Latin America’s role

-Brazil

-Latin America’s role

-Agricultural acreage
-Compared to Midwest, Texas
-Development of roads, refrigeration
-South America
-Population
-Poverty
-Birth control
-Studies
-Efficiency of land use
-US expertise
-Soviet Union
-Price controls
-Industry
-John T. Dunlop’s views
-Phase III
-Difficulties
-Timing
-Controls
-Goal
-Removal of controls
-President’s possible statements to farmers
-Pittsburgh, Des Moines, Illinois

-President’s possible statement to livestock industry

-Food prices

-Popular views

-Balance of payments

-Japan, PRC, Soviet Union

-Strength of dollar

-US position in global economy
-Strength of dollar
-Paris, Zurich, Geneva, Bonn
-Soviet Union grain deal
-Terms
-Agricultural prosperity
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Conversation No. 948-12 (cont’d)

-Regions of US

-South, Midwest, West

-Southeast

-Peanuts, soybeans, cotton, corn, cattle
-Southwest, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana
-Soybeans, wheat
-Wheat
-Midwest

-West

-California

-Economic and political importance

-Cattle prices

-Connally’s sale of heifers, July 10, 1973
-Feed
-Beef production
-Agriculture
-Prices
-Corn

-Yield

-Net profit

-Wheat

-Butz’s view

-60-day

-Export controls

-Duration

-Crop cycle

-Corn production

-Compared with previous years, estimates

-Dunlop’s view

-Need for controls
-Council of Economic Advisors [CEA]
-Export controls
-Predictions
-Impact of weather, insects, storms
-Frederick B. Dent’s, others’ statement
-Export controls
-Crop year
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Conversation No. 948-12 (cont’d)

-Labor
-Forthcoming negotiations

-Jobs

-Real income

-Possibility of strikes

-Increase in real disposable income
-Compared to inflation
-Food prices
-Consumption of meat

-President’s childhood diet

-Increase in production, consumption

-Per capita
-Farm program
-Farm legislation

-Subsidies

-Anachronism

-Signing of legislation

-Public statements

-Previous surpluses

-Free market

-Fears

-Parity

-1968 campaign

-Hubert H. Humphrey

-Grain program

-Connally’s farm

-Soil Conservation Service

-[Higara ?]
-Chicken feed
-Implications of rules
-Deferred grain program
-Implications of rules
-Export controls
-Maize
-Cattle feed, hay, chicken feed, hog feed
-Cross-purposes
-Deferred grain program
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Conversation No. 948-12 (cont’d)

-Agriculture Department

-Farm bill

-Parity for milk

-Milk producers

-Dairy co-operatives [co-ops]

-Milk

-Previous supplies

-Current production

-Competition from overseas

-Europe
-Cheese, butter
-Dairy co-ops

-Compared with unions

-Demand

-Price supports
-Pending legislation

-President’s approval

-Senate

-Carl T. Curtis
-Milton R. Young
-Senate bill compared to House of Representatives bill
-Curtis
-William R. Poage’s conversation with President
-Leonid I. Brezhnev signing ceremony
-President’s possible veto
-Connally’s view
-Support prices
-Goal
-Approval
-Appeal to East Coasters
-Sellers’ market
-Possible effects of veto
-President’s credibility
-Labor-Management Advisory Committee
-Role of government
-Problem solving
-Private initiative
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Conversation No. 948-12 (cont’d)

-Businessmen, farmers, consumers
-Compared to Europe

-Great Britain, France

-Germany

-Labor relations

-Japan

-Labor rates

-Europe, Germany, Japan, USSR, PRC

-Private initiative

-“Pioneer spirit”

-US deficit

-Midwest, South

-Compared to East

-Eastern establishment

-President’s leadership

-Watergate

-Distraction

-Timing

-Forthcoming testimony of H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman, and
John D. Ehrlichman
-Possible outcome

Watergate
-Ervin Committee hearings
-Forthcoming testimony of Haldeman and Ehrlichman
-Henry A. Kissinger’s conversation with President
-Thomas W. Braden
-Nelson A. Rockefeller
-Braden, Frank F. Mankiewicz, and George S. McGovern
-Plan
-John W. Dean, III
-Duration, scope of investigation
-Public interest

-Public opinion

-Ervin Committee hearings

-Witness list
-Haldeman, Ehrlichman, John N. Mitchell, and Herbert W.
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


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(rev. November-2012)

Conversation No. 948-12 (cont’d)

Kalmbach

-Internal Revenue Service [IRS]

-Enemies list
-President’s and Connally’s knowledge
-Dr. Michael DeBakey
-Investigations
-Audits of President’s returns in 1961 and 1962
-Robert F. (“Bobby”) Kennedy
-Leaks of income tax returns
-Dean’s list
-Request for investigations
-Johnnie M. Walters’s response
-Investigation of Connally while Secretary of Treasury
-Investigations
-Charles G. (“Bebe”) Rebozo
-William F. (“Billy”) Graham
-Dr. W. Kenneth Riland
-Walters’s response
-Robert H. Abplanalp
-Stories regarding President’s San Clemente property
-Campaign funds
-President’s response regarding finances
-President’s finances
-Abplanalp
-Rebozo
-Los Angeles Times story regarding Teamsters


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Watergate

-Stories regarding President’s San Clemente property

-General Services Administration [GSA] improvements
-United States Secret Service [USSS]
-Freedom of Information Act [FOIA] request
-Press coverage, public reaction
-Thomas J. (“Tom”) Steed’s statement
-Approval
-Justification
-John F. Kennedy’s assassination

-Robert F. (“Bobby”) Kennedy’s assassination [?]

-USSS
-Fence
-Railroad tracks
-Mexican-Americans
-President’s possible response
-Facilities at Lyndon B. Johnson ranch
-Airstrip
-Public knowledge
-Facilities at Dwight D. Eisenhower’s ranch
-Hyannis Port, Massachusetts
-USSS orders
-Contrasted with President’s preferences
-Net worth
-White House response
-President’s possible statement
-Timing
-Content
-Watergate compared to President’s San Clemente property
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

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Conversation No. 948-12 (cont’d)

-Abplanalp
-Precision Valve Co.
-Anti-trust suit
-Jewish plaintiffs
-Justice Department
-Bertram L. Podell’s statement
-Abplanalp, Rebozo
-Reluctance to use Presidential plane
-Robert L. Vesco
-White House response
-President’s possible statements

-Aplanalp, Rebozo

-Connally’s viewpoint

-Need to build sympathy

-Abplanalp

-Rebozo

-Rebozo
-Howard Hughes’s contribution

-Maurice Stans

-Handling

-Return
-Kalmbach
-Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] agent [First name
unknown] Calhoun
-Amount
-1972 campaign contributions
-Stans

-Compared to McGovern’s campaign

-Source of funding

-White House response

-Possible public statements

-Possible Congressional action

-Possible effects

-Return to contributors

-Contributors

-Business people

-Possible statements

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

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Conversation No. 948-12 (cont’d)

-Ervin Committee investigation in Houston, Texas
-Handling by Connally
-George Brown
-Statement
-Archibald Cox

-Forthcoming White House response

-Duties


Connally’s schedule
-Foreign travel
-Brezhnev
-Timing of trip
-August 3
-Business interests
-Possible task force
-Connally’s conversation with Walter B. Wriston and William E.
Simon
-Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR]
-Romania, Poland, Czechoslovakia
-Middle East
-Advisability

-USSR

-PRC

-Connally’s personal interests
-USSR compared with PRC

-Order, timing of trips

-President’s role

-PRC and Japan
-Timing

-Connally’s availability

-PRC

-President’s experience

President’s schedule
-Public appearances after Labor Day
-Compared to campaign
-Response to opponents
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Conversation No. 948-12 (cont’d)


Connally’s schedule
-Domestic travel, speaking appearances
-Florida
-Edward J. Gurney
-Kansas

-Robert J. Dole

-Kansas Republican Committee

-Oklahoma, Arizona, California, Oregon, Illinois
-Ohio
-New York
-Ohio, Pennsylvania
-Frank Dale in Cincinnati
-[Horace] Chapman (“Chappie”) Rose in Cleveland
-Preston Wolfe in Columbus
-Trip to USSR

-Timing

-Eastern Europe

-Poland
-Announcement
-Ronald L. Ziegler and Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
-Trip preparations, rejoining law firm
-Timing, focus
-President’s forthcoming speech

Jamaica
-Statehood

Nassau [Bahamas]
-Independence
-Likelihood of success
-Government
-US action

-Population

-Poverty

-Military, diplomatic corps

-United Nations [UN] ambassador, ambassador to US
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. November-2012)

Conversation No. 948-12 (cont’d)

-Appropriations

-Tourism

-Taxation

-Hotels

-Abplanalp

-Residence


Watergate
-White House

-Timing

-Effect

-Popular view

-Ervin Committee hearings

-Mitchell, Haldeman, Ehrlichman

-Televised testimony

-Popular view

-Saturation


John A. Love

-Appointment to Energy Policy Office

-Need for encouragement

-Meeting with [Shah of Iran] Mohammed Reza Pahlavi

-Connally’s attendance


Connally’s schedule

-Forthcoming dinner


Connally left at 4:22 pm.
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