A middle class American lacking charisma, Richard Nixon possessed the "perseverance, patience, drive, determination, to rise from defeat to become president of the United States," conservative commentator Pat Buchanan told Newsmax TV
Buchanan appeared on America's Forum on Thursday to discuss his new book "The Greatest Comeback
,” an Amazon bestseller detailing Nixon’s rise from the "political graveyard to the presidency."
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The book, he said, revisits a time of "turmoil and turbulence and division and war and rancor,” and illustrates how Nixon, who had twice been defeated in political races, "maneuvered through that period to wind up raising his hand and taking the oath of office as the president of the United States."
Strong leadership, such as the kind shown by Nixon, would abate many of the current crises facing the U.S., according to Buchanan, a senior adviser to the late president.
Not only would Nixon have taken a hard line with Mexico, he would have meted out the same no-nonsense directive to all of Central America.
"(Nixon) would already have called the president of Mexico and said, stop playing around … if you don't stop these trains and buses from crossing your territory and taking these children up to our border and pushing them into the United States, we are really going to seal the entire border and maybe none of your exports will get into the United States," said Buchanan.
"We've given you foreign aid, we give you trade benefits, your whole economies depend on exports of the United States. If you don't want us to virtually break relations with you, you deal with this problem."
Nixon was highly receptive to hearing contrary points of view, according to Buchanan, noting that Nixon brought Democrats Patrick Moynihan, John Connolly and Henry Kissinger into his White House.
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