To coincide with the centennial of Ronald Reagan's birthday, we're posting a few new transcripts with and about Reagan from the Nixon tapes. At the time of these calls, Reagan was the Governor of California and a rising star of the national Republican Party.
Having just returned from a 16-day, 5-nation visit to Asia, Reagan checked in with the President on his visits and a range of foreign relations issues.
In calling on Reagan to help with some backroom political persuasion, Nixon had sweetened the deal with a trip for Reagan to Europe in what the President described as "a nice little junket." Attorney General John Mitchell∇ thought that sending Reagan to Europe was a good idea.
Facing what he saw as a need to rebuild the Republican Party, Nixon was unimpressed with the Republican political talent at state level.
Nixon tells Reagan that he was prepared to defy the Supreme Court in ordering a nuclear test at Amchitka.
Nixon and Reagan try to set up a meeting iin California.