Pat Buchanan (born 1938) was a White House advisor and speechwriter for Republican President’s Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. He unsuccessfully challenged President George H.W. Bush for the Republican Presidential nomination in 1992, but not before giving the incumbent a scare in the early contests. Buchanan again ran unsuccessfully for the Republican Presidential nomination in 1996, and stood as the (Ross Perot) Reform Party’s Presidential candidate in 2000. He remains a prominent conservative voice in the US media, he was a vocal opponent of the neo-Conservative push for war in Iraq, and is the author of several books including ‘Where the Right Went Wrong’.
Here Pat Buchanan talks about the sort of old style ‘retail politics’ still required to compete for the Presidential nomination, his proximity to Presidential power over half a century, and some of the Nixon-era campaign tactics that came to be known as ‘Watergate’.
Buchanan also talks about his own campaigns that cost one Bush the Presidency, and inadvertently won it for another.
Pat Buchanan was interviewed by US Studies Centre Research Associate John Barron, who as a journalist at the ABC and commercial media covered Presidential campaigns for almost 20 years.