Nancy Reagan endorses Mitt Romney


Former first lady Nancy Reagan and former Secretary of State James Baker (2nd L) attend a celebration held in honor of Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., on February 6, 2011.


Eric Thayer

While campaigning on the West Coast this week, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s West Coast squeezed in a visit with Nancy Reagan at her house in Bel Air, the Associated Press reported. This afternoon, the former first lady not only served Romney and his wife, Ann, lemonade and cookies, but also endorsed him for president.

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"Although I know he will not be the official nominee of the Republican Party until August in Tampa, Fla., I am thrilled that after Tuesday's primary he is the clear choice, having won the magic number of 1,144 convention delegates,” Reagan, 90, said in a statement today, according to NBC News.

She implied that Romney would have also been the choice of her late husband, Ronald Reagan, who died in 2004, the AP reported.

"Ronnie would have liked Governor Romney's business background and his strong principles, and I have to say I do too,” Reagan said, according to NBC News. “I believe Mitt Romney has the experience and leadership skills that our country so desperately needs, and I look forward to seeing him elected president in November.”

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Last night, former secretaries of state Condoleeza Rice and George Schultz endorsed Romney at a fundraising event near San Francisco, NBC News reported. The Bush clan also endorsed him this spring, though some members (President George H.W. Bush) seemed more gung-ho about it than others (President George W. Bush).

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