Patrick Buchanan has been a senior adviser to three presidents and twice been a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. From 1966 through 1974 he was a confidant and assistant to Richard Nixon.
Patrick Buchanan challenged George Bush for the Republican nomination in 1992 and almost upset the president in the New Hampshire primary.
In 1996 Patrick Buchanan won the New Hampshire primary, and went on to finish second to Senator Dole with 3 million Republican votes. From 1985 to 1987, Mr. Patrick Buchanan was the White House director of communications for Ronald Reagan.
Patrick Buchanan was born in Washington, and educated at Jesuit schools. He received his master’s degree in journalism from Columbia in 1962. At twenty three, he became the youngest editorial writer on a major newspaper in America, the St. Louis Globe Democrat.
In 1966 Patrick Buchanan became the first full time staffer in the legendary comeback of Richard Nixon. He traveled with the future president in the campaigns of 1966 and 1968, and served as special assistant to the president through Nixon’s final days of Watergate.
On leaving the White House, Patrick Buchanan became a columnist and founding father of three of the most enduring if not most endearing talk shows in television history: NBC’s, “The McLaughlin Group” and CNN’s, “Capital Gang” and “Crossfire”.
In his White House years, Patrick Buchanan wrote foreign policy speeches and attended four summits, including Mr. Nixon’s historic opening to China in 1972 and Ronald Reagan’s Reykjavik summit in 1986 with Mikhail Gorbachev. Patrick Buchanan has written five books, including two bestsellers, Right from the Beginning, and A Republic Not an Empire.
He is married to the former Shelley Ann Scarney, a member of the White House staff from 1969 to 1975.