THE WHITE HOUSE: A Stout If Rambling Defense

Eager to talk about his presidency, Richard Nixon last week took the unusual step of inviting Columnist James J. Kilpatrick of the Washington Star-News Syndicate to drop by the Oval Office. A Virginia conservative with a waspish wit, Kilpatrick has supported Nixon for years, although he did admit to feeling "shame, embarrassment, disgust, chagrin" after reading the full text of the White House tapes. The interview turned into a rambling, often self-serving monologue that lasted 80 minutes. The President's main points:

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