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Nancy Reagan to Endorse McCain

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by zrinkill, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    Former first lady Nancy Reagan planned to endorse John McCain for president on Tuesday, as the Arizona senator continued to collect the backing of leading Republicans who might help him win over critical conservative voters.

    Now certain to win the GOP nomination, McCain is on the west coast this week to raise money. He was to stop by the Southern California home of former President Ronald Reagan’s widow to accept her endorsement.
    In a statement before the event, Reagan said she typically waits until after the GOP convention to announce her support but she decided to do so now because it is clear the Republican Party has chosen its nominee.

    “John McCain has been a good friend for over thirty years,” Reagan said. “My husband and I first came to know him as a returning Vietnam War POW, and were impressed by the courage he had shown through his terrible ordeal. I believe John’s record and experience have prepared him well to be our next president.”

    Reagan’s eventual support was expected, and she will become the latest Republican heavyweight to fall in line behind McCain. She and McCain have long been close, and it was only a matter of time before she spoke up for her friend.

    Her endorsement could help McCain shore up the backing of conservatives in Republican base that long has viewed him skeptically for his record of breaking with the party on some issues they hold dear. At the same time, Reagan’s nod also could help further align him with the former president who attracted Democratic as well as Republican voters.

  2. Danny White

    Danny White Winter is Coming

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    I don't mean to sound cruel, but I don't think most conservatives give a darn about who Nancy Reagan endorses.

    Her endorsement certainly doesn't boost his conservative bona-fides as far as I'm concerned.

    Then again, I don't really care much about endorsements in general... endorsements only matter if I haven't paid any attention to an issue or candidate, and then I'll look to someone I trust to see how they're leaning. But for something big like President or Congress, people should take the time needed to learn about the candidate on their own and not be lead around like a sheep.
  3. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg Pow! Pow!

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    Endorsements only seem useful for putting you in the news cycle for the next few hours in a positive light. I doubt it really has any long-lasting effect though.

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