Skip to comments.Exclusive: Nancy Reagan Strongly Endorses George Bush
Posted on 08/02/2004 1:42:36 PM PDT by kattracksEdited on 08/02/2004 5:58:40 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
In a statement made Monday to NewsMax.com, Nancy Reagan said she was strongly endorsing President Bush's re-election and rejected a published Internet report that she was not backing his re-election.
Joanne Drake, the chief of staff for former President Ronald Reagans office in Los Angeles, said in a statement on behalf of the former first lady, Mrs. Reagan supports President Bushs 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 husbands long bout with Alzheimers disease.
Mrs. Reagans 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 its about leadership, and she believes that President Bush is the right man for the job.
Mrs. Reagans statement came on the heels of a report published Friday on the Web site capitolhillblue.com.
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 Bushs re-election and neither do most members of the Presidents family."
Drake also denied the Web sites 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 Reagans photos and speeches in an effort to show he supported Bush and his re-election.
Capitolhillblue.com 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 Bushs re-election, Mrs. Reagan joins President Reagan elder son, Michael, who has already announced his strong support for the president's re-election. Michael will be speaking at the GOP convention in New York.
God Bless you, Nancy.
I hope this gets wider play.
thought you might want to see this in case you missed it
Wonderful - I just wish this story was in another place besides Newsmax. It will never hit the mainstream media!
I knew these guys from the "Capital Hill Blue" were a bunch of liars. A big leftist news site.
She knows a good guy when she sees one. Way to go, Nancy!
I doubted the story when it came out, good for Nancy.
CAN ANYONE IN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA HEAR THIS?
Motivated, I'm sure, by Little Ron Prescott, the family loose cannon.
Capital Hill Blue is a rotten website full of lies. Even DUers (who love everything anti-Bush) don't think it is a credible site and anyone who posts something from there is immediately told to take their stuff with a grain of salt.
Isn't that "Terrance Wilkenson" nutjob running Capital Hill Blue these days? The guy with proven-imaginary sources.
YES, time to give that weasel Ron Jr a taste of his own medicine.
I hope everyone who was on last week posting their nasty and snide comments about this fine lady have the class to show up and apologize.
Wow.....real journalism from Newsmax.
Nice to see.
Elanor Roosevelt told Hillary to tell Johns that she supports them.
Yes, that would be nice. And right.
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