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Buchanan's ties to newspaper and the Loebs go way back

Senior Political Reporter

December 01. 2012 11:58PM

MANCHESTER - Pat Buchanan has a long history of friendship with the New Hampshire Union Leader, which editorially endorsed him for President in the 1992 and 1996 first-in-the-nation presidential primaries.

In his 1996 victory speech, he referred to then-Publisher Nackey S. Loeb as "the political godmother of Pat Buchanan."

But his relationship with Mrs. Loeb and her husband, the firebrand publisher William Loeb, began long before, and, he recalled in an interview last week, in a memorable way.

He said that as a young editorial writer for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat 50 years ago, his work was published by William Loeb's Manchester Union Leader.

After he went to work for future President Richard Nixon in 1966, Nixon was ready to come to New Hampshire to campaign.

Buchanan said he wrote William Loeb a letter asking to meet him, and then followed it up with a visit to Loeb's home in Prides Crossing on the North Shore of Massachusetts.

"I got a cab and it was a horrible snowstorm," Buchanan said last Thursday. "When we got to Prides Crossing, I couldn't see the house numbers. We went back and forth and finally the driver said, 'This is it. You're going to have to get out.'

"And then I saw on the right, through the blizzard, a bumper sticker that I believe said, 'Stand Up for Alabama.'

"And so I said, 'Stop right here!' I got out and went in, and Mr. Loeb treated me like the prodigal son who had come home."

He asked Loeb to endorse Nixon against then-Michigan Gov. George Romney, "and sure enough, I came home with the impression that Mr. Loeb was on our side."

Buchanan is now working on a book about Nixon.

"The working title might be something like, 'How Richard Nixon Rode the Revolutions of the 1960s to National Power,'" he said.

"Nixon was a 'square' from the 1950s, who lost to (John F.) Kennedy, lost in California, said good-bye to politics and basically went off to New York to practice law. But there he was in 1969, raising his right hand to take the oath," Buchanan said.

"It's a book basically about, 'How did this happen? How did we do it? How did we stitch all these different forces together?" said Buchanan.

Buchanan said that while others have written on Nixon's political resurrection, "I know where the bodies are buried."

After Nixon resigned in 1974, Buchanan briefly stayed on as a special assistant to President Gerald Ford. He returned to the White House in 1985 as director of communications for President Ronald Reagan.

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