New Nixon Tapes: Reagan Calls to Support Nixon After Watergate Speech [AUDIO]

Richard Nixon Tapes


The Nixon Presidential Library and Museum released around 340 hours of previously unheard tapes from Nixon’s final years in office. The tapes, ranging from April to July 1973, recorded conversations on the phone, in the Oval Office, in the Cabinet room, and even at Camp David.

The night of April 30, 1973, Nixon received 35 phone calls from people who had just heard his now infamous first Watergate speech. Two of the most famous callers were the two future presidents George H. W. Bush and Ronald Reagan.

Ronald Reagan spoke to President between 10:48 p.m. and 10:50 p.m. to tell the president he would support him through the Watergate scandal. Listen below:

The two also chat about how strange it is that California is three hours behind Washington D.C., World Peace and how “miserable” Sacramento is. Nixon even even asks Reagan, “How did you marry such a pretty girl?” when Nancy Reagan comes up.

You can watch Nixon’s famous Watergate speech below:

President Nixon's First Watergate Speech (April 30, 1973)President Nixon's televised speech from the White House, defending his office on Watergate charges. With Closed Captions and interactive transcript. Playlist for Richard Nixon:
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