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CHARLESTON, S.C.,(Feb. 23)--Mr. Patrick J. Buchanan, world-renowned commentator, television co-host and radio talk show personality, will address the Corps of Cadets as a Greater Issues speaker at 11 a.m. Thursday, Mar. 2, at McAlister Field House on The Citadel's campus. The address is free and the public is invited to attend.

     Buchanan will talk about states' rights and higher education issues. Buchanan's sister, Ms. Bay Buchanan, former U.S. treasurer, will be a special guest at the Greater Issues address.

     A journalist by vocation, Buchanan writes a syndicated column twice a week. He also co-hosts the nightly television program, "Crossfire," on CNN, which he began in 1982. In 1993, Buchanan began a daily three-hour Mutual Radio talk show, "Pat Buchanan Company."

     Buchanan has been a senior advisor to three American Presidents. From 1966 through 1974, he was confidant and assistant to Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford; from 1985 to 1987, he was White House Director of Communications for Ronald Reagan. He served Mr. Nixon during all 18 months of the Watergate crisis and Mr. Reagan for the first four months of Iran-Contra.

     During his eight White House years, Buchanan traveled with President Nixon as one of the 15-member official delegation to open up the People's Republic of China and he was present at Mr. Nixon's final Moscow-Yalta summit during the summer of 1974. Buchanan accompanied President Reagan at both his first and second summits with Mikhail Gorbachev, at Geneva and Reykjavik.

     Buchanan is an honors graduate of English and philosophy from Georgetown University. He received his master's degree from the Columbia School of Journalism in New York in 1962. His articles have appeared in a wide spectrum of publications, from "Human Events" and "National Review" on the right, to "Nation" magazine and "Rolling Stone" on the left.

     Buchanan is the author of three books. His latest, "Right From the Beginning," became a Washington best seller and is about growing up Catholic and conservative in the nation's capital in the 1940s and '50s.

     The Citadel's Greater Issues Series provides an opportunity for many of the nation's leaders to address the Corps of Cadets concerning national and international issues that are shaping the United States and the world. The series was inaugurated by Gen. Mark Clark in 1954 and has since then brought an impressive group of distinguished speakers including Presidents of the United States, American and foreign dignitaries, scholars, important military figures, business leaders and many others.


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