Buchanan, Patrick J.

Nixon White House aide, sought 1992 & 1996 GOP presidential nominations, 2000 Reform Party nominee, arch-conservative journalist

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(b. 1938) Conservative political commentator, author, syndicated columnist, politician and broadcaster. A senior advisor to Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Reagan, he was an original host on CNN's “Crossfire”. He sought the 1992 & 1996 GOP presidential nominations and ran on the Reform Party ticket in the 2000 presidential election, coming in 4th. He co-founded “The American Conservative” magazine and launched a foundation named “The American Cause”. He was the 1st adviser hired by Nixon's presidential campaign and worked primarily as an opposition researcher. When Nixon took office in 1969, he was a White House adviser and speechwriter, coining the phrase "Silent Majority," and helped shape the strategy that drew millions of Democrats to Nixon. His daily duties included developing political strategy, publishing the President's Daily News Summary, and preparing briefing books for news conferences. Buchanan started his TV career as a regular on “The McLaughlin Group” and CNN's “Crossfire” and “The Capital Gang”, making him nationally recognizable. As White House Communications Director 1985-87, he supported President Reagan's 1985 visit to a German military cemetery at Bitburg where among buried Wehrmacht soldiers were buried Waffen SS members. In 1992, Buchanan challenged President G. H. W. Bush and won 38% of the New Hampshire primary vote. He delivered a keynote address at the 1992 Republican Convention, known as the “culture war speech”. 1996 saw Buchanan's most impressive attempt to win the GOP nomination from Bob Dole's right. He won the New Hampshire, Alaska, Missouri, and Louisiana primaries, and finished slightly behind Dole in the Iowa caucus. He left the GOP in Oct. 1999 and won the 2000 Reform Party nomination. In his acceptance speech, he proposed US withdrawal from the UN and expelling the UN from New York, abolishing the IRS and the Departments of Education, Energy, and Housing and Urban Development, taxes on inheritance and capital gains, and affirmative action programs. In the 2000 presidential election, he was 4th with 449,895 votes, 0.4% of the popular vote. He stayed at MSNBC as a political analyst and regularly appeared on the network's talk shows. In January 2012, he was indefinitely suspended from MSNBC and terminated on Feb. 16, 2012. TLS “Pat” on 9 ¼ x 6 ¼ "The White House/Washington” letterhead, August 5 1970, as Special Assistant to President Nixon, to Earl Mazo, Washington. Buchanan tells Mazo he has "...both the Time piece on Elegant and the speech by Mr. Humphrey [likely Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey] which we shall put to good use." Nice example of Nixon's White House pit bull. EARL MAZO (1921-2007) Journalist, biographer of Richard Nixon, political correspondent for the “New York Herald Tribune” and the “New York Times”. Mazo knew Nixon in the 50s from when he covered the White House as chief political correspondent for the “Herald Tribune”. After the war, he worked at newspapers in New Jersey and served a year as Truman’s deputy assistant Secretary of Defense. In 1951, he joined the “Herald Tribune”, working in New York until 1956, when he moved to Washington. He joined the “Times” in 1964 as national political editor but after a year switched to the “Reader's Digest”, where he was a roving correspondent. He also appeared on WTOP-TV as a commentator in 1969.

Condition: Very good, Buchanan’s name in red (for Mazo’s filing purposes).
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