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Pat Buchanan

Pat Buchanan

Pat Buchanan is co-host of Crossfire, CNN's popular political debate program. Crossfire is now celebrating its 15th year on the air. Government officials, political candidates, scholars and social activists appear nightly to take part in a dialogue that focuses on the day's top news story. Buchanan alternates weekly with John Sununu on the right while Geraldine Ferraro and Bill Press represent the left side of the issues. Crossfire airs live from Washington weeknights at 7:30 PM (ET).

Buchanan joined Crossfire at its inception in 1982. He co-hosted the program for nearly three years before leaving to join the Reagan administration as White House Communications Director in early 1985. He returned to Crossfire in November of 1987 and served as co-host until his leave of absence to campaign for President in 1991. Buchanan returned to Crossfire in February 1993 and remained as Crossfire co-host until his recent leave of absence in February 1995 to campaign for President.

In addition to working in the Reagan White House, Buchanan spent eight years, from 1966 to 1974, with Richard Nixon, serving at various times as senior political analyst, press secretary, speech writer and executive assistant. He helped prepare Spiro Agnew's 1969 speech attacking the media and Nixon's announcement of the U.S. invasion of Cambodia. His six hours of testimony before the Watergate investigative committee was characterized by Newsweek magazine as a "post-graduate seminar in advanced political strategy and tactics."

Between serving presidents, Buchanan was a syndicated columnist with the Chicago Tribune-New York News Service. His career began at The St. Louis-Globe-Democrat where he worked as an editorial writer.

He is the author of three books, "Right from the Beginning," "The New Majority" and "Conservative Votes, Liberal Victories."

Buchanan is an honors graduate of Georgetown University and holds a master's degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

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