Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Buchanan Enters Fray, Chides Bush Spirited Conservative Befriends the Working Class, but Opponents Call Him an Isolationist. US POLITICS

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Buchanan Enters Fray, Chides Bush Spirited Conservative Befriends the Working Class, but Opponents Call Him an Isolationist. US POLITICS

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PATRICK BUCHANAN'S bid to defeat George Bush in the New Hampshire presidential primary will depend heavily on three issues: taxes, foreign aid, and a strong sense of American nationalism.

Mr. Buchanan, a conservative newspaper and TV commentator with close ties to Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon, launched his campaign Tuesday just 10 weeks before New Hampshire voters go to the polls.

If Buchanan does well there - experts say his vote could range from 10 percent to 40 percent - he vows to carry the fight against Bush across the country. His long-term goal: make the president quit the race before the Republican National Convention.

At the very outset, Buchanan is tapping into the anger and fear that have grown in the American electorate as the recession wipes out millions of jobs, including thousands in New Hampshire.

Attacking foreign aid, for example, Buchanan asks why the United States government still sends billions abroad while facing a $4 trillion debt, growing unemployment, and an unbalanced budget at home.

Critics charge that Buchanan's "America First" theme smacks of 1930s-style isolationism, which historians say laid the groundwork for World War II. But Buchanan responds that unlike Bush, whom he chides as a "globalist," Buchanan is a "nationalist" ready to stand up for American workers.

"Today, we call for a new patriotism, where Americans begin to put the needs of Americans first, for a new nationalism where in every negotiation ... the American side seeks advantage and victory for the United States," Buchanan says.

"It is time to phase out foreign aid and to start looking out for the forgotten Americans right here in the United States."

Although Buchanan calls Bush "a decent, honorable, patriotic guy" who risked his life as a Navy pilot during World War II, Buchanan says Bush "is yesterday, and we are tomorrow. …

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