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Frank Gannon's interview with Richard Nixon, June 13, 1983, part 2.

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00:00:04 - Korean Air Lines Flight 007

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Partial Transcript: --was done. It was an unconscionable action.

Segment Synopsis: Nixon discusses the Soviet Union attack on an unarmed Korean passenger plane that passed over Sakhalin Island, considering the motivation for the attack.

00:05:45 - Preventing War with the Soviet Union

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Partial Transcript: There were some criticisms that President Reagan had used this incident to push his own defense program, the--the M.X. and the Pershing.

Segment Synopsis: Nixon considers the importance of military strength to deter attacks against the United States but also of attempting to prevent war through communication and foreign relations.

00:11:32 - Marilyn Monroe / White House Dress Uniforms

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Partial Transcript: You--you mentioned Marilyn Monroe.

Segment Synopsis: Nixon disregards both rumors about Marilyn Monroe's relationship with the Kennedys and discussion about the White House uniformed guard's dress uniforms.

00:13:55 - Health Problems of Presidents

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Partial Transcript: Did you know when you knew Congressman Kennedy--and then Senator Kennedy--about the health problems, the serious health problems he had that were later revealed?

Segment Synopsis: Nixon discusses the abilities of presidents, including John F. Kennedy, to lead effectively despite health problems. He gives his opinion on limiting media coverage of presidential health issues.

00:20:22 - Money in Political Campaigns / Financial History

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Partial Transcript: What--what kind of role did money play in John Kennedy's career?

Segment Synopsis: Nixon discusses the importance that money has in a political campaign and compares his supporters to John F. Kennedy's supporters. He also talks about his own financial history.

00:33:17 - Kennedy Campaigning

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Partial Transcript: What was it like running against the Kennedy political operation and the Kennedy money in 1960?

Segment Synopsis: Nixon describes the campaigning techniques of John F. Kennedy.

00:40:01 - 1960 Presidential Campaign

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Partial Transcript: Tom Wicker, the--the liberal columnist, wrote some years ago, "Nobody knows to this day, or ever will, whom the American people really elected president in 1960. "

Segment Synopsis: Nixon discusses his 1960 presidential campaign against John F. Kennedy and the possibility of voter fraud that may have lost him the election.

00:50:55 - Sexual Conduct of Politicians

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Partial Transcript: Did you--did you have any idea at the time when you knew him as a senator or a congressman that John Kennedy was the--the ladies' man that he later turned out to be?

Segment Synopsis: Nixon discusses the "ladies' man" reputation that Kennedy and other politicians had and the effect that this reputation may have had on their political careers.

Keywords: Barbara Walters; Bay of Pigs Invasion; Estes Kefauver; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Henry Kissinger; John F. Kennedy; Lucy Mercer; Richard Russell; extramarital relationships; media

Subjects: Kefauver, Estes, 1903-1963; Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963; Kissinger, Henry, 1923-; Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945; Russell, Richard B. (Richard Brevard), 1897-1971; Rutherfurd, Lucy Mercer; Walters, Barbara, 1929-

00:54:13 - Drug and Alcohol Use

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Partial Transcript: There--there were widespread stories, and--and people have expressed not only moral shock but--but strategic concern about the widespread stories that President Kennedy smoked marijuana in his bedroom in the White House with one of his mistresses, Mary Meyer, and in Timothy Leary's new autobiography he says that he provided Mary Meyer with amounts of the hallucinogen LSD, and she told him that she was turning on people so highly placed in Washington that she couldn't name them.

Segment Synopsis: Nixon shares his feelings about drugs and alcohol and considers how the responsibilities of the president prevent using these.

Keywords: Dwight D. Eisenhower; John F. Kennedy; Lyndon B. Johnson; Margaret Mead; Mary Meyer; Soviet Union; Timothy Leary; alcohol; anti-war protest; marijuana

Subjects: Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969; Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973; Kennedy, John F. "Jack," 1917 - 1963; Leary, Timothy, 1920-1996; Mead, Margaret, 1901-1978; Meyer, Mary, 1920-1964