(CNN) - In preparing for the re-launch of Crossfire, we discovered this interview in the CNN archives. In November of 1982, Crossfire host Pat Buchanan sat down with his former boss, ex-President Richard Nixon. Their conversation touched on many of the famous people Nixon had known, including Dwight Eisenhower, the Kennedy brothers and Lyndon Johnson. Nixon also reminisced about being Vice President and disclosed what he looks for in any president.
His picks for the three best politicians of the 20th century probably will surprise you.
If all you know of Nixon is “Watergate” –or if you still want to impeach him for it- take a moment to watch these clips: Nixon’s insights are fascinating – both about people he knew and about problems that are still current in 2013.
Finally, a WARNING: We mean it when we say we aren’t deleting expletives! Wait until you hear his comments –on camera but during a commercial break- about the then-new first volume of Robert Caro’s biography of Lyndon Johnson.
Watch OUR NIXON, a CNN FILMS documentary, airing Thursday 9 p.m. ET and PT on CNN.
Crossfire, featuring Newt Gingrich, Van Jones, S.E. Cupp and Stephanie Cutter premieres on CNN this fall.
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