Nixon Tapes: 'Just Check Out'
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Nov. 18) -- Even as he tried to tough it out, Richard Nixon was privately contemplating resigning the presidency more than a year before he quit, according to new audio tapes the government has released. In a May 1973 conversation with then-chief of staff Al Haig, Nixon said: "Wouldn't it be better to just check out?" When Haig demurred, Nixon continued: "No, no, seriously, because you see, I'm not at my best. I've got to be at my best and that means fighting this damned battle, fighting it all out." The exchange is part of 201 hours of Watergate tapes released for public hearing. Nixon, who ultimately quit in August 1974, installed a taping system to chronicle his administration. It proved his undoing, though, when it recorded a June 23, 1972 conversation which proved Nixon was part of the Watergate coverup almost from the start.
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Sanchez' Hate Calls
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AllPolitics, Nov. 18) -- Democrat Loretta Sanchez' razor-thin win over Rep. Robert Dornan (R-Calif.) has apparently provoked some abusive calls to her campaign answering machine. Sanchez said over the weekend she has received several anonymous hate calls. "I still get them," she said. "Everything in the book." Sanchez said she has been repeatedly urged to "go back to Mexico," even though her parents immigrated from Mexico and she was born and
raised in Orange County. The registrar of voters said she will release results of late ballot counts by Nov. 26. About 15,000 provisional ballots remain to be tallied countywide, but it is not known how many apply to the Dornan-Sanchez race.
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