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Exclusive: Nancy Reagan Strongly Endorses President Bush
Phil Brennan,
Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004

In a statement made Monday to, Nancy Reagan said she was strongly endorsing President Bush’s re-election and rejected a published Internet report that she was not backing his run for a second term.

Joanne Drake, the chief of staff for former President Ronald Reagan’s office in Los Angeles, said in a statement on behalf of the former first lady, “Mrs. Reagan supports President Bush?s re-election 150 percent.”

Published reports have suggested that Mrs. Reagan was unhappy with President Bush for his opposition to taxpayer-funded stem cell research that kills human embryos, which Mrs. Reagan has supported after her husband’s long bout with Alzheimer’s disease.

Mrs. Reagan’s son Ron spoke last week at the Democratic National Convention. He indicated that his mother supported his speech and that she was unhappy with the Bush administration for its stand on embryonic stem cell research.

Ron Reagan gave an implicit endorsement to the Kerry-Edwards ticket, which supports taxpayer funding of that type of research, when he told his national audience, “Whatever else you do come Nov. 2, I urge you, please, cast a vote for embryonic stem cell research.”

Drake, however, noted in her statement on behalf of Mrs. Reagan, “I think everyone would understand that while she may not agree with the president on every issue, this campaign is more than just one issue — it’s about leadership, and she believes that President Bush is the right man for the job.”

Mrs. Reagan’s statement came on the heels of a report published Friday on the Web site

That story, headlined “Nancy Reagan to Bush: ‘We Don’t Support Your Re-Election,'” quoted a “spokesman” for Mrs. Reagan as telling the site, “Mrs. Reagan does not support President Bush’s re-election and neither do most members of the President’s family.”

Drake also denied the Web site’s claim that Mrs. Reagan told Republican leaders she wanted nothing to do with the party or President Bush, or that she “went ballistic” when she learned the Bush campaign was test marketing ads that used Reagan’s photos and speeches in an effort to show he supported Bush and his re-election. also claimed that Mrs. Reagan called Republican Party chief Ed Gillespie to demand the ads be destroyed.

“The quote that appeared in Capitol Hill Blue is incorrect,” Drake said on behalf of Mrs. Reagan. “Further, I do not know where the information came from [indicating that] the former first lady went ballistic when she read the Bush campaign was test marketing new ads. She did not speak to Ed Gillespie on the telephone and demand the ads be destroyed …”

By endorsing President Bush’s re-election, Mrs. Reagan joins President Reagan’ elder son, Michael, who has already announced his strong support for the president’s re-election.

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  1. justaguy says:

    Prepare for the shitstorm. Bush is damned if he does…damned if he doesn’t.

  2. -S- says:

    About that first link,
    “Pre-9/11 Acts Led to Alerts”, what comes to mind for me upon reading that this intelligence information garnered recently is “pre-9/11” in age, is that people plan for college for a long time.

    Even parents of kids attending certain elementary schools plan for years inorder to get them into certain institutions.

    Such that, it’s also already been made known for a while now just how long Al Qaeda/Bin Laden have been scheming and planning acts of terrorism against the U.S. — so it isn’t like the events of 9/11 just happened spontaneously. Even the Left’s ridiculous claims, that 9/11 occurred because of and only because of George Bush having just been sworn in as President (the Left often opines that “everything was peaceful while Bill Clinton was President, and then Bush takes Office and look what happened…”, which is one of the most irrational claims among many by the Left that I’ve ever heard/read [and I have HEARD liberals say that, first person), even that/those claims are laid false by the fact that the 9/11 terrorists flying the planes were “training” and planning for years for what they did on 9/11.

    Such that, finding that this intelligence garner of late is “pre-9/11” doesn’t, at all, assign an antiquated or mute aspect to the intelligence itself, just that it is what it is: pre-9/11 in origin.

    Doesn’t invalidate the threat, to my read, however. Anyone (not you, but those who would “damn Bush…whatever he does”) who would try to say things are rosey, that there’s no ongoing or present threat, danger, posed by terrorists, is a fool. ‘Cause, even though the Left likes to say things were “fine” while Clinton was in Office — that terrorism exists in some trine relationship to George Bush — refuse to accept the information and reality that was terrorism information and threat during the Clinton Presidency, which Clinton was even aware of.

    Interesting that Kerry and the Left tries to make the threat of terrorism something that Bush “manufactures for political reasons,” while it is what HE AND THEY DO, manufacture these aids and benefits to those that threaten the U.S. and lives everywhere, and they do so for their own POLITICAL PURPOSES. Kerry reminds me of the guy on the sinking boat who says to crew and passsengers that lifeboats aren’t necessary, while stowing away provisions on a hidden lifeboat for himself and his wife, buds.