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Reform Party
The Reform Party is going through an upheaval that seems to be intensifying, even as the presidential primary season heats up. In February, Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura quit the party, calling it "dysfunctional." The national committee then fired two high-ranking members -- including the national chairman, who is a Ventura supporter. And Donald Trump, who was considering a presidential run on the Reform Party ticket, announced he was dropping out of the race. Only Pat Buchanan, who switched his affiliation from the GOP to the Reform Party in October, seems unwavering in his allegiance. But it's still unclear whether Reform Party leadership will draft party founder Ross Perot as its presidential candidate.

Pat Buchanan
Full Name: Patrick Joseph Buchanan
Born: November 2, 1938, in Washington, D.C.
Age: 61

Political Experience:
Ran for Republican presidential nomination, 1992 and 1996
Founder of the American Cause, 1993
White House communications director under President Ronald Reagan, 1985-1987
Special consultant to President Gerald Ford, 1974
White House special consultant to President Richard Nixon, 1972-1974
Senior adviser and speechwriter for Nixon, 1969-1972
Executive assistant to Nixon, 1966-1969

Work Experience:
Host of CNN's Crossfire, 1982-1985; 1987-1991; 1993-1995; 1997-present
Host of Mutual Radio's Buchanan & Co., 1993-1995
Moderator of CNN's The Capital Gang, 1988-1992
Panelist on The McLaughlin Group, 1982-1985; 1988-1992
Newspaper columnist and editorial writer, off-and-on from 1962-1999

Military Experience:

M.S. from Columbia University School of Journalism, 1962
B.A. from Georgetown University, 1961

Family: Married to Shelley. Has no children. Lives in McLean, Virginia.

Contact campaign office:
Buchanan 2000
P.O. Box 1919
Merrifield, VA 22116-1919
Phone: (703)734-2700

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