January 30th, 2008
09:20 PM ET
15 years ago

The Gipper Ticker

WASHINGTON (CNN) –In Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate, there was a sense of Ronald Reagan in the air, and it wasn’t just because of Air Force One in the background. Place four Republican candidates on stage in Ronald Reagan’s library, and the former president’s name is bound to come up at least once or twice. In Mitt Romney’s case, he referenced the former president nineteen times.

The Ticker kept track of how many times each candidate mentioned Reagan’s name:

Mike Huckabee: 7

Mitt Romney: 19

John McCain: 8

Ron Paul: 3

- CNN's Alex Spanos

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  1. registered democrat

    It sends cold chills throughout my body whenever I watch and listen to the so called news services. I’ve taken in most of the so called debates [abc nbc cnn msnbc fox] and the most notable difference so far is that, there is no difference. All services are guilty of a direct bias agenda that serve only there master (Daddy) and not the public as they falsely claim.
    Journalist, maybe that’s what the framed piece of paper on wall indicates….but in reality propagandist would be the correct term [Joseph Goebbels would “fit like a glove” as CEO in any of these organizations]. Thru the will of the media we are cunningly being directed towards their corporate selections, one Democrat and one Republican.
    I’ve always respected Anderson; He has always come across as “level headed” in his reporting….until last night (shame).
    As a citizen of the United States of America I demand truth and honesty from my president and the media is deliberately clouding our right to make that choice.
    The more the media shuns Ron Paul, the more I like him and his views (Thanks CNN).

    January 31, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  2. Cook County, IL Voter

    Forget the Ticker. Mike Huckabee came out on top.... Substance over emotion.

    January 31, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  3. ia voter

    I just want to know one thing: When are they going to realize that Ronald Reagan was a horrible president?

    January 31, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  4. Jim Rob

    Oh yeah Huckster Gomer Fudd has some excellent ideas on economics! Are you effing kidding me?! Destroying the IRS is his divine purpose I guess. Let's just step back in the dark ages? Healthcare? There's no need for healthcare; let god have their souls quicker that way.

    Ron Paul is too busy hiding his clan uniform to ever have to worry about air time.

    Mitt: what a joker – still thinks Iraq has WMD apparently – forgot that the Reagan admin is the one who sold the gas to Saddam and did nothing about the kurds. Apparently US intelligence was a little behind because nothing was done until Bush Sr. but never you mind about that. But if Mitt thinks supporting a >30% favorable war, then please keep running on that! Healthcare? Nada. Economy – yeah he laid some off – what a resume.

    McCain the insane. This ghostly guy can't seem to remember who's arse to kiss on which day. Pander to the military folks some more and suckle the religious right. Strong on military; weak on military tactics. Economy? Never heard of it.

    Reagan was out of it while in office; he surrounded himself with a strong cabinet and acted the part (go figure). The Reagan years were crap unless you were mega rich and got a haircut every week. So grab your polo shirts and just say no – it's a Reagonesque worship service!

    January 31, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Jim , Houston

    With due respect Ronnie had Alzheimer Desease; and its not certain how far back into the Brain Structure this desease affects the Mind Functions. Ronnie made a lot of "Bum" decisions, as President. The "Contras" and Many only for Show. Selling the G.O.P. on the "Theory of Conservatism" was his best PLOY.
    The USA has paid a heavy penalty subsequently. First Ronnie, then the two Bushes; father and junior.

    So there Conservatives, Put that in your Mitt, and Smoke It! In California its Legal !!

    January 31, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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