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(S)Robert Pierpoint interviews Ron Ziegler.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(San Clemente, California) Next Sunday Richard Nixon's transition period ends and Ziegler won t be on federal payroll for 1st time in 6 years Questions Ziegler about Senator Barry Goldwater's report that Nixon planning to return to public life. [ZIEGLER - states Mr. Nixon not actively planning comeback.] Questioned about Charles Colson recalling Mr. Nixon saying in December`73 Ford not competent enough to be President [ZIEGLER - says he never heard Nixon say any such thing about Ford. States Nixon's appointed of Ford as Vice President indicative of Nixon's confidence in him.] Questioned about Colson's remarks with regard to Ford's ability to control Henry Kissinger. [ZIEGLER - states Nixon never felt Kissinger unstable.] Asks if Mr. Nixon ever expresses regret over what's happened. [ZIEGLER - says of course he has. Recapitulates Nixon's political rise and fall. Says Nixon knows his mistakes.]
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint
- Cronkite, Walter;
- Pierpoint, Robert
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