Was Richard Nixon responsible for the rightward turn of the Republican Party, or was he in fact the “the last liberal Republican”? John R. Price, who worked on social policy in Nixon’s White House, has written a book making the case that Nixon has been misunderstood, pointing to plans to reform welfare to introduce something like a universal basic income and expand health insurance. Rick Perlstein, author of four prize-winning books on the rise of the Right is unconvinced. So, was Nixon the first of a new breed of right-wing populist Republicans, or the last of an old liberal tribe? Adam talks to Rick Perlstein and John Price to find out. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.