October 11, 1973
Dear Mr. President:
On the basis of the criteria outlined by you at the meeting in your office I am recommending the following in the order of my preference:
- John Connally
- Mel Laird
- Nelson Rockefeller or Ronald Reagan
I will not go into the reasons for my views as I'm sure you are familiar with reasons in each instance.
You can rest assured that I will fully cooperate and assist in this and all other problems in the months ahead.
Warmest personal regards.
Gerald R. Ford, M. C.
The President The White House