Friday, June 4, 1971 - 11:42am - 11:43am
Richard Nixon, John Pastore
White House Telephone

President Nixon: Well, if they want.
White House Operator: Mr. President, Senator [John O.] Pastore [D-Rhode Island] returning your call. Do you want to take it now?
President Nixon: Yeah.
White House Operator: Fine. There you are.
President Nixon: Hello?
John O. Pastore: Hello?
President Nixon: I just wanted you to know, John, that I just sent to the Congress today the energy message, and I told my press secretary, Ron Ziegler, to point out that this is a bipartisan effort, that you and [Representative]Chet Holifield [D-California] joined with [Representative Craig] Hosmer [R-California] and others, and that without your help, we wouldn't have come this far.
Pastore: Well, you're so kind, and I'm going to go on the floor at 12:00 after your news release deadline and make a statement to that effect--”
President Nixon: Well, I appreciate--”
Pastore: --”I think it's a wonderful--”
President Nixon: Well, when you go on, if you could . . . I would appre[ciate]--”if you like, mention the fact that you and I have talked, and that I emphasized that I consider this a bipartisan effort, and that we--”this is one that we should--”that goes far beyond any other considerations, and that you fellows played a major part in getting it through.
Pastore: I shall do exactly that--”
President Nixon: Fine.
Pastore: I'm privileged to do it.
President Nixon: Good.
Pastore: Thank you very very much for calling.
President Nixon: Good, thank you.

Original tape courtesy of the Nixon Library. This transcript is a working draft. Please let us know if you find important errors.