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Date: 
Oct 31, 1972
Location: 
Executive Office Building
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1 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Nov-03)
Conversation No. 378-1 Date: October 31, 1972 Time: Unknown between 8:34 am and 9:28 am Location: Executive Office Building The President talked with an unknown person. Return telephone call from an unknown person
Conversation No. 378-2 Date: October 31, 1972 Time: 9:28 am - 9:50 am Location: Executive Office Building The President met with Henry A. Kissinger. Greetings Vietnam negotiations -The President’s letter to Nguyen Van Thieu -Ellsworth F. Bunker -Terms of agreement -South Vietnam’s seven points -News summary -Criticism -Left compared to right -Concessions -William F. Buckley, Jr., Robert B. Semple, Jr., Colm [sp?] [First name unknown] -Settlement text -Publication -US foreign policy -Press coverage -Clayton Fritchey, Joseph W. Alsop, Rowland Evans,
2 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Nov-03) Thomas W. Braden -Time -Jerrold L. Schecter -Hugh S. Sidey -US posture -North Vietnamese position -October 30, 1972 message -Possible meaning -Break-off of talks -Resumption of talks -Future message -Forthcoming North Vietnamese – US meeting -Expectations -US position -Kissinger’s schedule -Timing of meeting -1972 election -Terms of agreement -North Vietnamese troop removal from South Vietnam -Analogy to Soviet Union troops in Poland -US strategy -Post-1972 election -Bombing -Hardline approach -Bombing -Demilatarized zone [DMZ] -B-52’s -19th parallel -20th parallel -Hanoi reaction -Post-1972 election -Radio -Thieu position -Effect of actions on 1972 election -Victory claim -US public relations stance -Kissinger’s possible briefing -Tone -Timing -Usefulness -The President compared with Kissinger’s briefing
3 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Nov-03) -Difficulties -Kissinger briefing, October 26, 1972 -Points -Coalition government -Reason for the US not signing -Quality of agreement -Compared to Laos, 1962 -Reaction in US -Moral issue -Right -Tone -Stress on negatives rather than positives -News summary -Charles W. Colson’s conversation with Louis P. Harris -Harris -Political preference -Liberals -Support -Conservatives, hard hats -George S. McGovern -The President’s agreement with Harris’ analysis -Kissinger’s forthcoming meeting with Jay Lovestone -Thieu -Terms of agreement -Thieu -Coalition government -Aid to South Vietnam -Thailand -North Vietnam -Laos -Cambodia -Joseph C. Kraft’s, October 31, 1972 column -Liberals -Kissinger’s view -The President’s view -Lovestone -Alsop -Buckley -Reassurance to conservatives -Media -North Vietnamese options
4 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Nov-03) -Breakoff of talks -Timing -Bombing -Results -1972 election -Administration’s stance -Settlement -Settlement -Press statement -Nelson A. Rockefeller’s forthcoming appearance at National Press Club -“Peace with honor” -Details of agreement -Thieu position -Bunker -Kissinger’s view -Strategy -Schedule -October 26, 1972 television [TV] speech -1972 election -The President’s letter to Thieu -Negotiation strategy -US posture -Tone -Congress -US public relations stance -William P. Rogers statement -Melvin R. Laird statement -Vice President Spiro T. Agnew statement -Kissinger’s and the President’s role -Rogers -Strategy -1972 election -New York -Far left and far right -Kissinger’s recent statement -Agnew’s recent statement -Kissinger’s possible statement -The President’s address to the nation, “Look to the future”, November 2, 1972 -Raymond K. Price, Jr. -Length
5 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Nov-03) -Progress -Settlement -Coalition government -“semi-backgrounder” -Timing of statements -Wires services -Network people -Major commentators Pierre E. Trudeau -Recent Parliamentary election -Seat margins -Liberals -Conservatives -[New Democrats] -Reason for results -Robert L. Stanfield -Possible election -Stanfield -The President’s view The President’s schedule -Rockefeller Kissinger left at 9:50 am.
Conversation No. 378-3 Date: October 31, 1972 Time: Unknown between 9:50 am and 9:55 am Location: Executive Office Building The President talked with an unknown person. The President’s schedule -Stephen B. Bull
6 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Nov-03)
Conversation No. 378-4 Date: October 31, 1972 Time: 9:55 am - 11:00 am Location: Executive Office Building The President met with Ronald L. Ziegler. Vietnam settlement -Ziegler’s forthcoming press conference -Viet Cong [VC] statement -Henry A. Kissinger -Quality of settlement -Progress -Details of agreement -Importance -1962 Laotian agreement -Kissinger -Quality of agreement -Importance -Condition set by the administration -Coalition government -Sine Qua Non condition -Deadlines -October 31, 1972 -November 7, 1972 -Details of agreement -Laotian agreement in 1962 -1968 bombing halt -Coalition government election commission -De facto, de jure status -Kissinger -Laotian agreement -Self determination -Election -Electoral commission -Communists -North Vietnamese -Negotiation progress
7 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Nov-03) -US statements -Consultation with Saigon -Kissinger -Partnership -Veto -Settlement timing -1972 election -Quality of agreement -Sine Qua Non condition -Kissinger H.R. (“Bob”) Haldeman entered at 10:03 am.
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Ziegler left at 10:17 am.
END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 2 ***************************************************************** Ziegler entered at 10:19 am. Signing of final bill of 92nd Congress -Scheduling -Oval Office -The President's meeting with Nelson A. Rockefeller The President’s schedule -Rockefeller -Photograph session Ziegler left at 10:20 am.
8 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Nov-03) Campaign practices -Press coverage of the President’s assistance to Congressional candidates -Endorsement letters -Photographs -Television [TV] spots -Candidate endorsements -Campaign contributions -Clark MacGregor -Transfer of funds -MacGregor -John N. Mitchell -Kevin P. Phillips -Films -Buildup -Radio -U.S. News and World Report -Telephone calls -Robert J. Dole -Phillips -News summary -News summary
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Haldeman talked with an unknown person at an unknown time between 10:20 am and 10:50 am. [Conversation No. 378-4A]
9 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Nov-03) John B. Connally's schedule [End of telephone conversation]
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The President’s schedule -Chicago -Security considerations -Demonstrators -Comparisons to 1968 Democratic National Convention Record of administration -Public relations -Amnesty -US News and World Report -1972 election -White paper -Distribution -Hugh Sidey -John D. Ehrlichman -Editors -Buying broadcast time -Radio -Vice President Spiro T. Agnew -George S. McGovern Watergate -Possible libel suit -Charles W. Colson
10 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Nov-03) -Problems -Chapin -Chapin Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] -Political use -Time article -News summary -Ehrlichman’s statement, October 30, 1972 -Crime information in localities -Justice Department -Inquiry from Domestic Council staff -Property of inquiry -Handling by Justice Department -The President’s view -Analogy to bugging of Democratic National Committee -Domestic Council -Edwin L. Harper -Domestic Council -Geoffrey C. Shepard -Ehrlichman’s statement -Analogy to inquiries made of Agriculture and Transportation [sic] Departments Watergate -Haldeman, Chapin, Colson -Chapin -Donald H. Segretti Issues -Vietnam, corruption -Administration polls -Democratic advertisements -Effect -Colson -The President’s forthcoming trip to Chicago -Vietnam -Press relations -Hanoi -Thieu -Kissinger
11 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Nov-03) -Left and right -Administration poll Haldeman talked with an unknown person at an unknown time between 10:20 am and 10:50 am. [Conversation No. 378-4B] Request [End of telephone conversation]
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Alexander P. Butterfield entered at 10:50 am. White House staff -Size -Ehrlichman’s staff [Domestic Council] -Speeches -Work -Meetings The president’s schedule -Rockefeller meetings -Connally -Bill signing -Chicago -Possible delay -Media reaction
12 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Nov-03) Butterfield left at 10:52 am.
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END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 6 ***************************************************************** Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 10:52 am. The President's schedule -Rockefeller -Connally -Chicago -Delay Bull and Haldeman left at 11:00 am.
Conversation No. 378-5 Date: October 31, 1972 Time: Unknown between 11:00 am and 11:04 am Location: Executive Office Building The President met with Stephen B. Bull. The President’s schedule Bull left at an unknown time before 11:04 am.
13 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Nov-03)
Conversation No. 378-6 Date: October 31, 1972 Time: Unknown between 11:54 am and 11:56 am Location: Executive Office Building The President met with Manolo Sanchez. Instructions -Request Sanchez left at an unknown time before 11:56 am.
Conversation No. 378-7 Date: October 31, 1972 Time: 11:56 am - 1:05 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President met with H.R. (“Bob”) Haldeman at 11:56 am. The President’s conversation with Nelson A. Rockefeller, October 31, 1972 -Rockefeller’s demands -Vietnam negotiations -Hanoi’s recent statement -Reaction -Henry A. Kissinger -Ronald L. Ziegler Vietnam negotiations -Henry A. Kissinger’s October 26, 1972 press briefing -John A. Scali -Coverage of points -Use of phrase “peace is at hand” -The President’s view
14 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Nov-03) -Scali -Progress
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Kissinger entered at 12:15 pm. Vietnam negotiations -Hanoi’s recent statement -Analysis -Reaction -Tone -Progress -Right -Left -Left -North Vietnamese request of US to sign settlement -Hanoi’s recent statement -Analysis -State Department -Hanoi’s view -Anguish -Betrayal -Nguyen Van Thieu -US position -Politics -Build-up and let-down -1972 election -North Vietnamese troops in South Vietnam, coalition government -North Vietnamese troops in South Vietnam
15 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Nov-03) -Kissinger’s proposal -Tran Van Lam -Public relations -Los Angeles, Orange County -Lam -Military Region [MR] -Analogy to Soviet Union troops in Poland -Enforcing settlement -Infiltration -Soviet Union -People’s Republic of China [PRC] -Terms of agreement -Details -Intelligence reports -Rockefeller -Coalition government -Intelligence reports -Saigon -North Vietnamese -Seizure of territory -Timing -[Unintelligible] -Pull-out of North Vietnamese troops from South Vietnam -US military action -Pull-out of North Vietnamese troops -Kissinger’s media and press relations -Possible backgrounder -Max Frankel -Unknown person’s recent commentary -Frankel, [Arnold] Eric Sevareid -John Chancellor, Howard K. Smith -Howard K. Smith -Tone -1972 election -Kissinger’s recent meeting with Hugh S. Sidey -Television networks -New York Times -Richard (“Dick”) Wilson -Recent column -Possibility of earlier settlement -Possible backgrounder
16 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Nov-03) -Raymond K. Price, Jr. -Settlement -Timing -1972 election -Politics -Casualties Kissinger left at 12:26 pm.
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Vietnam issue -Poll results -The President’s positions compared with to George S. McGovern’s positions -Bombing halt -1972 election -Announcement -McGovern’s recent TV appearance -New York Daily News -Bombing, mining -Political settlement -Post-war reconstruction -Withdrawal of military personal -South Vietnam -Bombing halt -Settlement -Timing -Corruption -Sabotage charge
17 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Nov-03) -George H. Gallup -Corruption issue -Protestants, Catholics -McGovern strategy -Florida -Tallahassee -Irish-Americans, Polish-Americans -Colorado -McGovern support -Democrats -Vietnam issue -Post-1972 election effect -Negotiation status
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Haldeman left at 1:05 pm.
Conversation No. 378-8 Date: October 31, 1972 Time: Unknown between 1:05 pm and 1:13 pm. Location: Executive Office Building The President met with Manolo Sanchez.
18 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Nov-03) ***************************************************************** BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1 [Personal returnable] [Duration: 26s ]
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Sanchez left at an unknown time before 1:13 pm.
Conversation No. 378-9 Date: October 31, 1972 Time: Unknown between 1:05 pm and 1:13 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President talked with the White House operator. [See Conversation No. 32-94]
Conversation No. 378-10 Date: October 31, 1972 Time: Unknown between 1:05 pm and 1:13 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President met with Manolo Sanchez. The President’s schedule -Return to Oval Office
19 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Nov-03) Sanchez left at an unknown time before 1:13 pm.
Conversation No. 378-16 Date: October 31, 1972 Time: Unknown between 1:05 pm and 1:13 pm. Location: Executive Office Building The President talked with the White House operator. [See Conversation No. 32-95]
Conversation No. 378-11 Date: October 31, 1972 Time: 1:13 pm - 1:14 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President talked with Thelma C. (“Pat”) Nixon. [See Conversation No. 32-96; one item has been withdrawn]
Conversation No. 378-12 Date: October 31, 1972 Time: 1:15 pm - 1:16 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President talked with Stephen B. Bull. [See Conversation No. 32-97]
20 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Nov-03)
Conversation No. 378-13 Date: October 31, 1972 Time: Unknown between 1:16 pm and 2:38 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President talked with H.R. (“Bob”) Haldeman.
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Conversation No. 378-14 Date: October 31, 1972 Time: 4:10 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President talked with an unknown person. The President’s schedule -Halloween party -Promotion -Richard A. Moore, Ronald L. Ziegler -Tricia Nixon Cox
21 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Nov-03)
Conversation No. 378-15/376-1 Date: October 31, 1972 Time: 4:10 pm - 5:34 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President met with Charles W. Colson. Effect of Vietnam on negotiations -Polls -Stock market -George H. Gallup -Louis P. Harris -Hanoi’s recent statement -The President's conversation with Henry A. Kissinger -Public relations -Ronald L. Ziegler’s recent press conference -Tone -Nelson A. Rockefeller’s recent statement -Tone -Proper kind of peace -Deadline -Compared to 1968 -South Vietnamese self-determination -Public perception -Possible disappointment, cynicism -The president’s forthcoming statements -Address to the nation, “Look to the Future”, November 2, 1972 -Campaign visits -Nature of peace settlement -Timing of agreement -1972 election -Ronald Ziegler's briefing -Rockefeller's press conference -Watergate -Question and answer [Q&A] session -George S. McGovern
22 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Nov-03) -Democratic National Committee [DNC] -Statement on renegotiation of settlement
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Post-1972 election strategy for dealing with the press -Treatment of Washington Post -Washington Post attacks on the President -Nature of attacks -Comparison with the New York Times -Retractions -Anthony Lewis column -John B. Connally -Washington Post activities -Anti-bugging sweep -Investigating firm -Reasons -Katharine L. Graham -Investigating firm -Benjamin C. Bradlee -Colson’s view -Speech on freedom of the press
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Polls -Issues -Albert E. Sindlinger’s view -Corruption -Vietnam -Effect -Democrats -McGovern position -Voter’s preference -Sindlinger’s view -Colson’s recent conversation with Sindlinger -Landslide -National referendum -The President’s schedule -Consensus of opinion -Corruption, Vietnam -Publication -Reason for results -Corruption
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Polls -Issues
24 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Nov-03) -Corruption -Richard M. Scammon's analysis -Strategy -McGovern -Food prices -Big business -Washington, DC interest -Voter’s preference -Sindlinger’s view -Connally -Forthcoming appearance on Today Show -Vice President Spiro T. Agnew -Clark MacGregor -Robert J. Dole -Voter’s meaning
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[This recording was cut off at an unknown time after 4:10 pm.] [An unknown portion of this conversation was not recorded while the tape was being changed]