Richard Nixon, Craig Hosmer
White House Telephone
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President Nixon: Yeah?
White House Operator: Congressman Craig Hosmer [R-California], sir. Ready.
President Nixon: Hello?
Craig Hosmer: Mr. President.
President Nixon: Since you missed our meeting, when we had--”on breeder reactor, you know--”
--”I wanted you to know that we sent the message today, Craig, but that I just told [White House Press Secretary Ronald L.]Ziegler∇
. . . I told Ziegler to tell the press that it was a bipartisan effort that you and [Representative Chester E.]Holifield [D-California]--”
Hosmer: Fine, fine.
President Nixon: --”and so forth had been bugging me about it--”
President Nixon: The one thing that I wanted to tell you too, is that I--”Holifield was there last night at the [Unclear.]Club thing, and I told the people around here--”now, this has got to be something we play very close to the vest--”but I'm being ruthless on one thing. Any activities that we possibly can should be placed in southern California in this field and also in the saline water field.
President Nixon: You know, we need the jobs, we need to sop up those air [Unclear.] workers. Now, we got some . . . we're going to do a couple of new things on water, for example. And I've decided to throw one big plant into southern California. I mean, you know, a big--”one of these implementing, you know what I mean--”
Hosmer: Right, right, right.
President Nixon: --”it's just a question how big the plant is. And this will be one that will go there. But in this energy field, I told [White House Science Adviser]Dr. [Edward E.]David and, of course, [Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Glenn T.]Seaborg and the rest that we do it. So on the committee, every time you have a chance, needle them, say, "Where is this going to be?" Let's push the California thing. Can you do that?
Hosmer: All right, will do. Incidentally, Mr. President, I'm so delighted that you released that $16 million on the--”
President Nixon: Mm-hmm.
Hosmer: --”improvement of the enriching complex.
President Nixon: Good, good.
Hosmer: I bet that handles the bad political problem for us.
President Nixon: Right, right. Good, good.
Hosmer: [Unclear.] it unplugs some [Unclear.].
President Nixon: Well, they told me you were interested in it, and I said, "Well, if Hosmer is for it, I'm for it." [Hosmer and President Nixon laugh.]
Hosmer: Thank you very much.
President Nixon: Well, good, but I didn't want you to know--”feel--”I wanted you to know that I was aware of your interest, and that--”
Hosmer: Oh, yes, yes.
President Nixon: --”but you were out in California at the time of the meeting, you see.
Hosmer: Chet has worked very closely with me, and--”
President Nixon: Well, he told me--”as a matter of fact, he told me on the plane going out, he said, "Look, Hosmer and I have just been like together--”"
Hosmer: His statement that he has given, we've got special orders this afternoon--”
President Nixon: Good.
Hosmer: --”and he does nothing but compliment you for 17 pages.
President Nixon: Well, when you--”if you talk, would you . . . you might say that I called and expressed appre[ciation]--”and pointed out that this was a bipartisan initiative, and that the problem was . . . there are two things. The problem of more energy is bipartisan, and the problem of clean environment--”a clean source of energy--”is bipartisan, and this is something that we're going to work together on, and all that. OK?
Hosmer: Fine and dandy, sir.
President Nixon: All right.
Hosmer: Thank you very much, Mr. President.