President-elect Ronald Reagan and his chief advisers held the last of their scheduled meetings on candidates for the Cabinet today and Reagan said that no final choices had been made.
Reagan, Vice President-elect George Bush and six aides met in Reagan's hilltop home for two hours and said they had not made plans to meet again.
"No, we're just narrowing down," Reagan replied when asked whether final choices had been made. "And I don't want to talk about it until we act."
Bush, Sen. Paul Laxalt (R-Nev.), and Edwin Meese III and James A. Baker III, the men Reagan has named to be his top White House aides, left the meeting in cars with the windows rolled up, refusing to stop as they passed by the throng of journalists who spent the morning standing at the base of Reagan's driveway.
When he entered the meeting, Laxalt said, "Nothing is settled. We don't know whether anything will be decided."
Laxalt told reporters earlier that the men involved in choosing Reagan's Cabinet agreed Saturday to do all they could to prevent any leaks of their choices. Reagan plans to make his Cabinet announcements himself, although it is not yet decided whether the members will be named all at once or in groups.
Reagan, who spoke to reporters briefly as he left the office of the doctor who treats his allergy to pollen and dust, said: "We haven't decided whether to do them as we decide on some, or whether to wait until we're ready with all of them."
Today's session, like the last meeting on the Cabinet Saturday, presumably began with what Laxalt has called "the big four" -- the departments of State, Defense, Justice and Treasury.
Since Reagan did not telephone any of his choices today, he is not likely to do so until after he and his wife, Nancy, spend a three-day Thanksgiving vacation at their ranch in the hills above Santa Barbara.
Reagan's advisers scattered for the holiday after today's meeting. Bush headed for the funeral of former House speaker John McCormack. Meese and Laxalt flew to Washington. Baker flew to his home in Houston.
Reagan spokesman Lyn Nofziger said that although no meetings on the Cabinet are scheduled, it is obvious that there will have to be at least one more.
Reagan said today he did not know whether any announcements would be made before he returns to Washington on Dec. 8 or 9.
Laxalt said on arriving at Reagan's house that there have been many attempts to influence the selection process. "We've had pressures from a lot of people, including the conservatives, but I don't think [the pressures] are overriding factors."
He said that one consideration in the discussions was the inclusion of blacks and women, but he did not yet know whether any would be selected.
While the main business of the day in Reagan's ranch-style stone and wood house in Pacific Palisades was selecting a Cabinet, the only visible activity at the house was the arrival of three turkeys -- two alive and one frozen and suitable for roasting.
Virgil Lawson brought the live 33-pound tom turkey and the 20-pound hen from his Crimea House Ranch near Sonora on behalf of the California Turkey Federation. Lawson hoped that the live turkeys, a variety known as broad whites, would find a home on Reagan's ranch as a breeding pair. But those hopes were dashed when the Salvation Army expressed its willingness to take the turkeys, apparently to the Reagan's relief.
While being photographed receiving the turkeys, Reagan commented that giving the birds to charity was the best available course of action.
The Reagan's street San Onofre Drive, is littered with paraphanelia of the media. The Associated Press has renewed its lease on a Picus Nidea tree for another 100 days at $1 a day. It straps a phone to its rented tree. United Press International has upgraded from a position on the curb where its phone suffered from the passing dogs to a tree rented from the Ap's treeload, Suzanne Flanders.
CBS has rented two parking spaces in a neighbor's driveway and plans to install a mobile home. ABC is already operating comfortably from the home of Mirable Nowel and NBC has rented a room and bath from another neighbor for $2,000 a month. Treelord Flanders has evacuated her house to rent it to the Reagan staff for $5,500 a month, a figure that renders renting trees an insignificant economic activity. No Reagan aide has commented on what all of this means in the war against inflation.