September 15th, 2010
07:44 PM ET
8 years ago

Nancy Reagan weighs in on California races

Nancy Reagan endorsed California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina Wednesday.

Nancy Reagan endorsed California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina Wednesday.

(CNN) - Nancy Reagan weighed in on the Senate and gubernatorial races in her home state on Wednesday, offering her endorsement of the Republican candidates in both California races.

The former first lady announced her support for Senate candidate Carly Fiorina and gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman a day after the three women sat down together for a private meeting.

Both women said they are honored to have the endorsement of Reagan, a former first lady of California.

"She and I share the same core values, and I am thankful to have her confidence and support behind my campaign for U.S. Senate," Fiorina said.

Fiorina is locked in a tight battle to unseat three-term Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer. Whitman also faces a tough challenge from Attorney General Jerry Brown to succeed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Whitman also expressed her gratitude to Reagan.

"The legacies of President Reagan and Nancy Reagan have long been an inspiration to me, and their impact on our state and our nation is immeasurable," Whitman said.

Filed under: 2010 • Carly Fiorina • Meg Whitman • Nancy Reagan
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Jackalope

    Her astrologer told her to.

    September 15, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  2. Jess C

    Oh Nancy, are you okay, dear? You can kiss stem cell research good-bye then. Also, how can anyone with any kind of integrity support a CEO who was fired from that once great company like HP? She created a mess there (I worked there at the time). I can tell you, that created jobs in the States was not her agenda; more like shipping them overseas. Are you kidding me!?

    September 15, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  3. JON

    Lets see Fiorina....Voted worst CEO in HP history , laid off 20000 AMERICAN workers and moved the jobs overseas, was given the option to leave HP or get fired. Now if this is what you want in Washington what do you think she will do to the people of California.

    September 15, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  4. Cocitizen

    Wow!! An endorsement from a former first lady that most voters today don't even remember. And if they do, it is as someone who consulted astrologers to help her husband make decisions during that dark period when he was President of the US. Now that will certainly guarantee the HP queen of failure a victory. Give me a break.

    September 15, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    Carly Fiorina will be great for the State of California and America. We are fortunate to have this level of person willing to go into public service just when it is so badly needed.

    Barbara Boxer will not be missed. Except maybe by Obama.

    September 15, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  6. George of the jungle

    Regan is so old and dotty I wonder if she even knows who she is endorsing. Give it a rest. You get what you vote for.

    September 15, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  7. PaulC

    Bless her heart but Nancy has been in lala land too long and is just not relevant.

    September 15, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  8. Shirley in California

    This coming from a former first lady whose husband DESTROYED this country and it is because of him – we are still suffering. W only increased the tumor already created by Reagan. Hear this: I don't care who endorses Fiorina, I will be voting for a democrat. Our president has been treated horribly (mainly due to racism) and demeaned by those on the right. It will be a cold day in hell before they EVER get my vote.

    September 15, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  9. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Wow, this is shocking. I mean, how many times does a Republican ever endorse a Republican?

    September 15, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  10. Voice of Reason

    Whitman says that the impact of Ronald Reagan on California is 'immeasurable'. But the effect of Nancy Reagan on California will be Unmeasurable.

    September 15, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  11. Sorensen

    Fiorina, Whitman and Reagan!!
    Good Luck with that, California!!

    September 15, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  12. The reality is...

    Right on, Nancy!!!!

    September 15, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  13. Time Grows Short

    The Elizabeth Warren story below proves without a doubt that Mr. Obama enjoys raping America. And CNN does nothing to help stop him. Warren is a radical and CNN sways nothing. That is the way CNN helped install Mr. Obama as President, saying nothing about the filth which is Mr. Obama. .

    September 15, 2010 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  14. gg

    JUST SAY NO to Whitman, Fiorina and reactionary Reaganomics!! From a California voter.

    September 15, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  15. Mike, Santa Ana, California

    I am surprised that Meg Whitman actually knows who Ronald Reagan was as she never had time to be engaged in politics up until now. Who would possibly vote for this neophyte!? Being a businessman or woman does not give you the credentials to run a very complex state. Even with a win she will find herself, as did Arnold Schwarzenegger, impotent while faced with a Democratic majority in the Assembly and state Senate.

    September 15, 2010 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  16. normajean

    I've always admired Mrs. Reagan but her choices for Californias political spots show just how much she is out of the scene. Neither of these woman have the integrity and acumen to take on the problems we have here and in fact are more interested in themselves than in the people of this state. Fiorina has a very distressing business background and Whitmans isn't much better, not to mention that she is buying the office for money that could have been spent on the state itself and probably have gotten her more votes. As a lifetime Californian, I will not vote for either one.

    September 15, 2010 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  17. Ron in California

    Nancy Reagan is a class act! Not for endorsing the best two candidates she just is a class act. God bless her and President Reagan

    September 15, 2010 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |

    California has had both Boxer and Brown pulling for the state of California before. Come on you Californians don't be the only drag here. Don't even consider these two candidates. They have only brought disaster to you. Join with the movement of taking all incumbents out of office. Therefore you only have one choice and that is change. Cahane these people sen them into lifelong retirement. WHICH IS ALSO SUCH A SHAME NO WAY SHOULD THESE PEOPLE BE ABLE TO DRAW DIFFERENT INSURANCE THAT THE PEOPLE OR HAVE SUCH AN OUTRAGEOUS RETIREMENT BENEFIT. IT MUST BE CHANGED AND DONE QUICKLY.

    September 15, 2010 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  19. befmed1

    What a shocker!! Nancy Reagan endorses the Republican candidates.

    September 15, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  20. Malt

    I hope both Carly Fiorian and Meg Whitman win. California has no excuse for its financial whoas.

    It is embarrassing that California has so many bad representatives–which reflects on their voters (see kooks: Boxer, Waxman, Pelosi, Arnold, Waters...).

    September 15, 2010 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  21. malabar

    Love Nancy Reagan. she is the 1st first lady i remember and brings back happy childhood memories. JUST SAY NO 🙂 hahaha, still a good mantra

    September 15, 2010 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  22. Bill from GA

    Do you really "share the same core values".

    How is Fiorina on stem-cell research, Nancy?

    September 15, 2010 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  23. barry

    Nancy Reagan is a wonderful person and was a great First Lady. She is a true class act.

    September 16, 2010 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  24. Aaron

    Oh, please. This is the same woman who, as First Lady, encouraged Ronald Reagan to ignore the AIDS epidemic until it turned into a fashionable Hollywood cause. There are obviously some values there, but how humane are those values?

    September 16, 2010 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  25. GI Joe

    Did her astrologer tell her to say that?

    September 16, 2010 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
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