Buchanan, Daschle to Speak Sept. 30 at Southeast


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Three-time presidential candidate and political commentator Patrick Buchanan and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle will speak Sept. 30 at the Show Me Center. 

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 15, 2010 — Three-time presidential candidate and political commentator Patrick Buchanan and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle will speak at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Show Me Center as part of the 2010 University Speakers Series at Southeast Missouri State University.

Buchanan and Daschle’s presentation is titled “A View of Current Events Facing the Nation.”

Tickets are required for entry and are free for current Southeast faculty, staff and students with a valid Redhawks ID card. Tickets can be picked up in the University Center Room 202, Center for Student Involvement or the Show Me Center Box Office.  Tickets are $10 for the general public and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets, or to avoid service charges, tickets can be purchased at the Show Me Center Box Office. 


Buchanan is a leading political analyst, commentator and former director of communications for the Reagan White House. In 1992, he challenged George Bush for the Republican nomination and almost upset the president in the New Hampshire primary. In 1996, he won the New Hampshire primary, and went on to finish second to Sen. Bob Dole, having received three million Republican votes.

A journalist by profession, Buchanan writes a syndicated column of political and social commentary. He also has been the co-host of “Crossfire,” a nightly interview program on the Cable News Network, and a panelist on the weekly news programs “The McLaughlin Group” and “The Capital Gang.” In 1993, he formed The American Cause foundation, which addresses both political and cultural issues. Buchanan co-hosted the Buchanan-Braden Program, a three-hour daily radio show with liberal columnist Tom Braden, and delivered daily commentary on the NBC radio network from 1978 to 1984.

In 1965, Buchanan served as the executive assistant for the Nixon, Mudge, Rose, Guthrie, Alexander, and Mitchell law offices in New York City. Additionally, Buchanan traveled with former Vice President Nixon throughout the campaigns of 1966 and 1968, and in 1967 he accompanied Nixon to Western Europe, Africa and the Middle East in the immediate aftermath of the Six-Day War.

In 1969, Buchanan was named special assistant to the President. This entailed writing speeches both for the President and Vice President, developing political strategy, publishing the President’s “Daily News Summary,” and preparing the foreign and domestic briefing books for the presidential news conferences. Buchanan remained in this position throughout the Nixon presidency.

Buchanan was a member of the 15-person official delegations to the People’s Republic of China in 1972 and accompanied President Nixon to the final summit in Moscow, Yalta and Minsk in the summer of 1974.

In addition to his syndicated column, Buchanan has authored a number of books including the New York Times best-seller, A Republic Not an Empire, and a Washington Post best-seller about growing up in the nation’s capital, Right From the Beginning, Where The Right Went Wrong, and his latest, State of Emergency. Other popular books authored by Pat Buchanan include Death of the West, The New Majority; Conservative Votes, Liberal Victories; Right From The Beginning; and The Great Betrayal: How American Sovereignty and Social Justice are Being Sacrificed to the Gods of the Global Economy. He also has written for over two decades for the Nation, Rolling Stone, National Review, Conservative Digest, Skeptic, and American Spectator.

Buchanan is an honors graduate in English and philosophy from Georgetown University, as well as the winner of the 1975 Freedom Foundation’s George Washington Medal and the 1977 Morality in Media Award. In 1974, he was named one of the nation’s 200 future leaders in a Time magazine cover story. He is married to the former Shelley Ann Scarney, who was a member of the White House Staff from 1969 to 1975.


Born in Aberdeen, S.D., Daschle graduated from South Dakota State University in 1969. Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Air Force where he served as an intelligence officer in the Strategic Air Command until mid-1972.

After serving on the staff of Sen. James Abourezk, Daschle was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978, serving eight years. He was one of the first members of Congress to serve in a Democratic leadership position in his first term of office as a regional whip.

In 1986, he was elected to the U.S. Senate and two years later, became the first co-chairman of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and the first South Dakotan to be elected to a leadership position in the U.S. Congress. In 1994, Daschle was elected by his colleagues as their Democratic leader. Only Lyndon Johnson served fewer years in the Senate before being elected to the position. Daschle is one of the longest serving Senate Democratic leaders in history and the only one to serve twice as both Majority and Minority Leader. During his tenure as Leader, Daschle co-managed only the second impeachment trial of a U.S. President, led the Senate in response to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the anthrax attack on his office one month later.

Today, Daschle is a senior policy advisor to the international law firm DLA Piper. He is also a distinguished fellow at the Center for American Progress , serves as vice chair of the National Democratic Institute and is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.

In 2007, he joined with former Majority Leaders George Mitchell, Bob Dole and Howard Baker to create the Bipartisan Policy Center, an organization dedicated to finding common ground on some of the pressing public policy challenges of this time.

Daschle also is a member of the Health Policy and Management Executive Council at the Harvard School of Public Health in addition to the Global Policy Advisory Council for the Health Worker Migration Initiative. He is a member of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees, the GE Healthymagination Advisory Board; the  National Integrated Foodsystem Advisory Board; and the Committee on Collaborative Initiatives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In addition, Daschle’s board memberships include the Blum Foundation; the Energy Future Coalition, the Committee to Modernize Voter Registration; the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition Advisory Council and the Advisory Committee on the Trust for National Mall.

He has published articles in numerous newspapers and periodicals and is the author of Like No Other Time and Critical: What We Can Do About the Healthcare Crisis.

He is married to Linda Hall Daschle and has three children and four grandchildren.