October 16th, 2007
12:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Who is a real Republican?

Is anyone in the 2008 Republican presidential field the next Ronald Reagan?

(CNN) - A war of words has erupted between the four frontrunners in the race for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. At bottom, each of the four candidates is trying to convince the Republican Party's conservative base that he is the real Republican who should represent the party in the 2008 White House race. Chief National Correspondent John King takes a look.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Bill W, Coatesville, PA

    I firmly believe that history will show Ronald Reagan as one of the greatest presidents of the twentieth century. He is possibly second best ever, behind only Roosevelt.

    So many great things happened under Reagan – not the least of which was the end of the cold war. Terrorists were afraid of the US. Hostages were given back the day he took office.

    It was also Reagan's economic policies that set the groundwork for all the prosperity during the following years that Bush the elder and Bill Clinton tried to take the credit for. The US was strong – in terms of both finance and military. Now look at what we've become. Stretched thin in a war with Iraq, up to our eyeballs in debt to China, overrun wil illegal immigrants from Mexico, and all of our jobs being shipped to India. Reagan would never have stood for any of this.

    We could use another man like him – but the sad thing is that NONE, NOT ONE of the candidates today can hold a candle to him.

    I was a Democrat before Reagan. He was the man who got me me switch to the Republican party. And it was 'W' who caused me to switch back (running) to the Democrats.

    Maybe Nancy Reagan should run for president on his name – after all, isn't that what Hillary is doing with Bill's name?

    October 16, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Reggie , Anaheim, Ca.

    One of our Country's biggest traitors!
    All that is wrong today is due to this
    phool's policies, wait he had help
    greenspan,meese,haig, but Bruce
    Fein has recoverd his mind from the
    1980's to remind us that reaganomics
    etc... is the downfall of our Nation!

    This notion of he's responsible
    for the downfall of the USSR! Please
    just stop the lies & the propaganda!
    Folks can do any research at all.
    If I can get it no excuses.

    I'll give you hint Afghanistan,
    USSR economy collapsed during that
    occupation. I'll give you another
    hint Iraq 750 million a day of

    This rat bastard said that ketchup
    was good enough to be considered a
    veggie for school childrens lunches.
    Too boot amnesty for illegal immigrants
    you all forgot about that!

    I can't begin to tell you how disgusted
    real Americans who suffered from this
    punk's domestic and foreign policies!
    Hey he had bush41 as Vice President
    that was sign of autism right there!

    I guess if king idiot can serve two terms then reagan could be mounted
    on Rushmore! What f-up Country
    claiming to be a beacon of Freedom,
    with all these nazi's in power!
    Give us a break!

    October 16, 2007 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  3. Susan, Fort Pierce, Florida

    The last Republicaln president I had any respect for is Eisenhower!

    October 16, 2007 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. Darryl Schmitz, St. Johns MI

    Romney says he's from the "Republican wing of the Republican Party", whatever that is.
    I think most of us would rather vote for someone from the wing of the Republican Party that respects and obeys the Constitution.
    One can't help but look at these polls, like the new one cranked out today showing Ron Paul still at 2 or 3%, and not wonder if the "fix" is in.
    It's obvious the low so-called polls are aimed directly at college students, anti-war Republicans, constitutionalists, and anybody else who the remaining Republican candidates – none of whom can beat Clinton or Obama – are unable to reach.
    The idea is to discourage these groups of people so they stay home on Primary Day.
    The Republican Party elite likes this tact because it rids them of an anti-war Republican candidate, and the Democrats like it because it assures them of the presidency.
    Demoralizing voters so they stay home is one of the oldest and dirtiest tricks in the book. In this age of the Internet, though, it may backfire on them once folks catch on to the fact they're being deceived.

    October 16, 2007 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  5. Virginia Brock, Rock Island, IL

    From Ron Paul:
    "It is not we non-interventionists who are isolationists. The real isolationists are those who impose sanctions and embargoes on countries and peoples across the globe because they disagree with the internal and foreign policies of their leaders. The real isolationists are those who choose to use force overseas to promote democracy, rather than seek change through diplomacy, engagement, and by setting a positive example. ...

    A Paul administration would see Americans engaged overseas like never before, in business and cultural activities. But a Paul administration would never attempt to export democracy or other values at the barrel of a gun, as we have seen over and over again that this is a counterproductive approach that actually leads the United States to be resented and more isolated in the world."

    The War on Drugs: Billions of dollars are spent on it every year, our prisons are jam-packed full of nonviolent offenders we have no money to house and pay medical bills for, and every year the use of drugs increases. It is time for something different.

    Ron Paul supports removing the power of the CIA to overthrow foreign governments, not eliminating the agency completely. The CIA has become an "operations" agency that through blowback increasingly harms the security of America. Paul would return it to being strictly an *intelligence* agency, which is how its own name describes it!

    Regardless of agreement with Reagan's policies (I agree he's closer to Jefferson than to Reagan), Paul and Reagan were good friends who liked and respected each other. For people who liked and respected Reagan, that should be a reason to give Paul a second look.

    October 16, 2007 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. WM, Minneapolis, MN

    Frigtheningly, they are all to THE RIGHT of Reagan except Ron Paul who is actually a Libertarian. Goldwater would be considered a fringe liberal in today's political climate. I'm waiting for the first Republican to advocate tar and feathering for first time medical marijuana users.

    October 16, 2007 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  7. therealist

    Real Republicans didn't support all the careless pork barrel spending over the last 6 yrs. The only thing worse is watching this pitiful Congress spend and promise more..

    October 16, 2007 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  8. laurinda,ny

    Ronald was one of the worst along with the two Georges and Nixon. They were all from the bottom of the barrel. An actor, a liar and thief, a read my lips kind of guy and a complete idiot.

    October 16, 2007 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Laurinda of NY:

    Why can't you debate the issues without the personal attacks?

    To call a president, particularly one who is deceased, is distasteful and disrespectful.

    Typical liberal; you can't win the debate with facts, so you call names.
    It's been done to Dan Quayle, President Bush 41 and 43, Ronald Reagan, and Gerald Ford.

    October 17, 2007 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  10. Jim, Topeka, KS

    The party is no longer in the hands of Republicans. Lincoln would not even recognize the party today, I bearly recognize it and I have been a registered republican for 38 years. What I see today in the spot light calling themselves Republicans are not Republicans and the man sitting in the White House is no more a Republican than George Wallace. Now call them what they are Southern Democrates, I can buy that, non-interfernce of federal government, states rights over all, faith based politics, UN bad, isolationalism good, do as I demand not as I do. Oh, yes Lincoln and true Republicans are spinning, and the South has rised again.

    October 17, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. Fred, TN

    Hmmmm. If the choice is between a neo-con or a bigger federal government that is a tough choice. A better option is for protecting and living by the Constitution and Ron Paul is on the mark. Jefferson, Madison, and Wahsington would be proud.

    October 17, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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