He was the co-founder of The American Conservative magazine and has launched The American Cause, a foundation. He serves as a political commentator on MSNBC cable network. His literary works are published in the National Review, Rolling Stone, Human Events and The Nation.
Buchanan was born on 2nd November 1938 in Washington DC, United States to William Baldwin and Catherine Elizabeth Buchanan. His father was an account firm partner and his mother is a nurse-cum- homemaker. He went to Catholic schools. Buchanan has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.
Buchanan started his career as a journalist with St. Louis Globe Democrat. He became a speechwriter and assistant for Richard M. Nixon. Buchanan was President Nixon’s special assistant. Buchanan worked in President Gerald R. Ford’s administration. He wrote for a syndicated newspaper column and was a TV and radio commentator. Buchanan was the Director of communications for President Ronald Reagan in 1985.
Buchanan ran for presidential elections from the Republican Party in 1992 and 1996, but could not win, and quit the party in 1999. Buchanan was an advocate of curbs on free trade and temporary suspension on immigration.
Buchanan has written several books; The New Majority, The Great Betrayal,A Republic, Not an Empire, Churchill, Hitler, and The Unnecessary War: How Britain Lost Its Empire, and the West Lost the World.
Buchanan is married Shelley Ann Scarney. He had met her in the Nixon White House. She was a receptionist in the office between 1969 and 1975.