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Frank Gannon's interview with Richard Nixon, September 7, 1983, part 3.

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0:08 - Winning the Presidency

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Partial Transcript: --about the same as the Eisenhower landslide of '52, if Wallace had not been in.

Segment Synopsis: Nixon recounts the events of election night and the next day's celebrations when he won the presidential election. He also addresses a claim by Roger Ailes that Ailes was instrumental in Nixon's election.

Keywords: ABC; campaign; CBS; Dwight Chapin; Dwight D. Eisenhower; election night; Fina Sanchez; Helene Drown; Hubert Humphrey; Julie Eisenhower; Kevin Phillips; Manolo Sanchez; Murray Chotiner; NBC; Pat Nixon; Roger Ailes; Secret Service; Tricia Cox; Victory at Sea; Walter Cronkite

Subjects: Ailes, Roger; Chapin, Dwight L. (Dwight Lee), 1940-; Cox, Patricia Nixon, 1946-; Cronkite, Walter; Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969; Eisenhower, Julie Nixon; Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978; Nixon, Pat, 1912-1993

10:57 - Henry Kissinger's Negotiations

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Partial Transcript: Henry Kissinger apparently had some difficulties, to put it mildly, dealing with the North Vietnamese--with the North Vietnamese in the negotiations.

Segment Synopsis: Nixon recalls some of the difficulties Kissinger had while negotiating with the Vietnamese and gives his opinion on a statement by Kissinger about the release of the Pentagon Papers.

Keywords: China; foreign relations; Henry Kissinger; media; New York Times; Pentagon Papers; Russia; Soviet Union; Vietnam; Warren E. Burger

Subjects: Burger, Warren E., 1907-1995; Kissinger, Henry, 1923-

12:57 - Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Death

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Partial Transcript: How did you hear about Martin Luther King's death?

Segment Synopsis: Nixon describes hearing about the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. and a discussion about him that Nixon had with his driver John Wardlaw.

Keywords: anti-war protest; assassination; Black Panthers; Bobby Kennedy; Civil Rights Movement; communism; Ghana; Jackie Robinson; John F. Kennedy; John Wardlaw; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Vietnam

Subjects: Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963; Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968; King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968; Robinson, Jackie, 1919-1972

15:15 - Attack in Caracas

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Partial Transcript: When you were in that car in Caracas and the f--windows finally started breaking in and the rocks coming through, did--did it occur to you--or a--a--at what point did it occur to you that you might not actually get out of that alive?

Segment Synopsis: Nixon relates the attack on his motorcade while visiting Caracas, Venezuela.

Keywords: Alice Longworth; Argentina; attack; Caracas, Venezuela; CIA; Colombia; communism; Jack Sherwood; Latin America; mob; Pat Nixon; Peru; Radio Moscow; Secret Service; State Department; travel; Uruguay; Vernon A. Walters

Subjects: Longworth, Alice Roosevelt, 1884-1980; Nixon, Pat, 1912-1993; Walters, Vernon A.

25:38 - Julie Eisenhower

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Partial Transcript: Many people f--felt, and, I'm sure, still feel that one of the worst crimes of Watergate was a crime of the heart, in that you let your daughter Julie go out and defend you for weeks--months--after it had to be clear to you that your case was indefensible.

Segment Synopsis: Nixon describes his daughter Julie Eisenhower and her decision to defend him after the Watergate scandal.

Keywords: Julie Eisenhower; Watergate

Subjects: Eisenhower, Julie Nixon

27:16 - Japan's Future

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Partial Transcript: Moving on briefly to Japan, what's your opinion, your assessment, of Prime Minister Nakasone?

Segment Synopsis: Nixon discusses the importance of Japan to the United States, Japan's relations with the Soviet Union, and its future.

Keywords: China; communism; Douglas MacArthur; Eisaku Sato; Japan; Japanese peace movement; Nobusuke Kishi; North Korea; nuclear weapons; Shigeru Yoshida; Soviet Union; World War II; Yasuhiro Nakasone

Subjects: Kishi, Nobusuke, 1896-1987; MacArthur, Douglas, 1880-1964; Nakasone, Yasuhiro, 1918-; Satō, Eisaku, 1901-1975; Yoshida, Shigeru, 1878-1967

35:21 - Meeting General Charles de Gaulle

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Partial Transcript: The first time you met General de Gaulle was when he paid a visit to the United States in 1960.

Segment Synopsis: Nixon recounts meeting Charles de Gaulle for the first time at a luncheon after hearing about him from others. He also recounts a toast in which de Gaulle predicted that Nixon would become president.

Keywords: Avis Bohlen; Élysée Palace; Charle de Gaulle; Charles E. Bohlen; Cross of Lorraine; Dick Walters; Foreign Service; France; Joan of Arc; John F. Kennedy; Lyndon B. Johnson; Pat Nixon; Trianon Palace; Versailles; Winston Churchill; Yvonne de Gaulle

Subjects: Bohlen, Avis, 1912-1981; Bohlen, Charles E. (Charles Eustis), 1904-1974; Gaulle, Charles de, 1890-1970; Gaulle, Yvonne de, 1900-1979; Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973; Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963; Walters, Vernon A.

44:31 - Visiting General de Gaulle as President

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Partial Transcript: What are your main recollections of your trip to Paris and your visit to--with de Gaulle in 1969, when you were now president, when his prophecy had been fulfilled?

Segment Synopsis: Nixon talks about spending time with General de Gaulle during his visit to Paris while president and discusses de Gaulle's personality.

Keywords: Anne de Gaulle; Berlin Wall; Charles de Gaulle; China; Dick Walters; Douglas MacArthur; Dwight D. Eisenhower; France; John F. Kennedy; King Louis XIV; Lyndon B. Johnson; Paris; Pat Nixon; Philippe de Gaulle; symbolism; Versailles; Vietnam; World War II; Yvonne de Gaulle

Subjects: Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969; Gaulle, Anne de; Gaulle, Charles de, 1890-1970; Gaulle, Philippe de, 1921-; Gaulle, Yvonne de, 1900-1979; Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973; Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963; Louis XIV, King of France, 1638-1715; MacArthur, Douglas, 1880-1964; Nixon, Pat, 1912-1993; Walters, Vernon A.

53:31 - General Charles de Gaulle's Legacy

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Partial Transcript: How--how did you learn about his death?

Segment Synopsis: Nixon recalls learning about Charles de Gaulle's death and attending his funeral. He also discusses de Gaulle's legacy and the important things that he accomplished for France.

Keywords: Charles de Gaulle; Francois Mitterrand; funeral; Georges Pompidou; Germany; Henry Kissinger; Konrad Adenauer; Latin America; Marseillaise; Notre Dame; World War II

Subjects: Adenauer, Konrad, 1876-1967; Gaulle, Charles de, 1890-1970; Kissinger, Henry, 1923-; Mitterrand, François, 1916-1996; Pompidou, Georges, 1911-1974