A number of factors impeded Buchanan's progress. Ballot access
efforts pushed the campaign into the red by the beginning of the summer.
Challenges from Dr. John Hagelin, who sought to build a Natural Law-Reform
coalition campaign, and from disaffected Reform Party activists culminated
in dueling Reform Party conventions in Long Beach, creating a perception
of chaos. Buchanan was unable to attract a well-known running mate,
although Ezola Foster worked hard on the campaign trail. He was kept
off the trail in the critical weeks following the Reform Party convention
and beyond Labor Day because of surgery to remove his gallbladder on Aug.17,
and he needed a second operation on Aug. 23. The campaign thus did
not get in gear, with federal funds and a healthy candidate, until mid-September.
Buchanan's strategy was based on getting into the debates, and due to all
these setbacks he did not come close to doing that.
long, contentious and ultimately unsuccessful campaign..."
-Pat Buchanan, in letter to supporters