The Greatest Comeback: Richard Nixon and the 1968 Election - Nixon Legacy Forum September 21
Press Release · Thursday, September 13, 2018

Washington, DC

WASHINGTON – The National Archives hosts the annual Nixon Legacy Forum titled “The Greatest Comeback: Richard Nixon and the 1968 Election,” on Friday, Sept. 21, at 5 p.m.(EDT) Former Nixon staffers Pat Buchanan, Dwight Chapin, Annelise Anderson, and, Ken Khachigian, will share the story of Nixon’s comeback and his historic 1968 election victory. Presented in partnership with the Richard Nixon Foundation.

The event will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Museum in Washington and live streamed on YouTube. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW.  This public program is free to the public, but reservations are recommended and can be made online.

President Dwight Eisenhower’s Vice President, Richard Nixon, lost the 1960 Presidential election to John Kennedy and then the California Governorship to Edmund “Pat” Brown in 1962. At a dramatic post-election press conference, he announced his complete withdrawal from politics, but he couldn’t stay away. He campaigned tirelessly for the 1964 GOP nominee, Barry Goldwater, as well as for dozens of Republican candidates in the 1966 midterm elections, before winning of the Republican nomination in the 1968.  

Annelise Anderson, a Senior Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, started in politics as a volunteer on Nixon’s 1968 campaign. She supported Ronald Reagan’s run for the presidency in 1976 and 1980, and served in his Office of Management and Budget.

Pat Buchanan is a nationally syndicated columnist and American political commentator who has served under three presidents. He worked as President Nixon's speechwriter and President Reagan's White House Communications Director.

Dwight Chapin first worked as a Personal Aide to Richard Nixon during his presidential campaign. After Nixon’s election victory, he became Special Assistant to the President in charge of appointments and travel, and later became Deputy Assistant to the President.

Ken Khachigian is an Armenian-American political consultant, speech writer, attorney and veteran of nine presidential campaigns.  He began his public service career in the White House following his graduation from law school, and rose to to Deputy Special Assistant to President Nixon.

Nixon Legacy Forums focus on policy initiatives of the Nixon Administration and feature discussions among administration members who worked on them—and helped create the documents and other materials now available to scholars and researchers at the Richard Nixon Library. More online.  

The National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, is Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. For upcoming programs, visit the Calendar of Events online:


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