Photo: Romneys meet with Nancy Reagan, who offers endorsement
May 31st, 2012
07:43 PM ET
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Photo: Romneys meet with Nancy Reagan, who offers endorsement

(CNN) - (CNN) – Nancy Reagan, wife of former President Ronald Reagan, wrote in a statement Thursday she had endorsed GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney.

"Mitt and Ann Romney joined me at my home this afternoon for some lemonade and cookies and I offered my firm endorsement of his campaign for President," Reagan wrote. Romney was in California Thursday to attend campaign fund-raising events. He also made a stop at the headquarters of Solyndra, the failed solar energy company.

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Nancy Reagan said in her statement her late husband would have liked Romney's background.

"Ronnie would have liked Governor Romney's business background and his strong principles, and I have to say I do too," she wrote. "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."

On Tuesday, Romney passed the "magic number" of delegates required to secure the GOP presidential nomination. He will not officially be the Republican nominee until this summer's Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Last week a spokesman for Nancy Reagan said the former first lady was recovering from a number of broken ribs after a fall sustained in March.

Mrs. Reagan, 90, was unable to attend a speech given Tuesday evening by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

Since President Ronald Reagan died in 2004 from Alzheimer's disease, the former first lady has been involved with the National Alzheimer's Association and its affiliate, the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute in Chicago.

However, she has been hospitalized at least twice in recent years and her public appearances have been rare.

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. kathy

    Mitt will lose come Nov!

    May 31, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  2. MrManhattan

    But who did her psychic endorse?

    May 31, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  3. Ed FL

    This guy Romney has a bad habit of always trying to do something[he thinks is important] in a secretive manner and platform.He comes off sleazeier than any politician in my 82 yrs. He only wants to be in or have a self controlled crowd. Well Mitt their isn't enough people like you and your crowds to get you enough votes to be in charge of anything legit. Most of America already knows how sneaky you have been and are. How come your money stashed in Switzerland is not reported and verified. You have a long long road to integrity,and it doest look to rosy for your type.

    May 31, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. Larry L

    It would be interesting to hear Nancy Regan's answer if she was asked about a progressive tax structure – a concept shared by Presidents Regan and Obama. President Obama is called a "socialist" for supporting this concept. Does Romney consider Ronald Reagan a socialist for believing in exactly the same system?

    May 31, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  5. Blindersoff

    As Nancy looks Romney straight in the eyes, she looks puzzled as she scratches her head and asks that annoying question . . . who are you?

    May 31, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  6. Mr 1% the "VULTURE CAPITALIST BUSINESSMAN" will outsource all the poor, disabled, unemployed and elderly, to China and sell America to the highest bidder!

    Nancy is looking good these days(remember, if you cannot say something nice...)

    May 31, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  7. Flipper Rmoney Failure Ahead

    Another meaningless endorsement for Flipper.

    May 31, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    With all due respect, Mrs. Reagan, the current GOP leadership would never have allowed your husband to be in their party, given the FACT that when his trickle-down economic policy failed, he had the integrity and common sense to RAISE TAXES 11 TIMES in an effort to balance the budget.

    Your husband also didn't believe in religious litmus tests or wearing his faith on his sleeve.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    May 31, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  9. ATNH

    What Mitt Romney dinn't tell Nancy Reagan was that he hijacked the required delegates. Futher, in doing so, Mitt Romney has violated the Republican principles in the ethical term, etc.

    May 31, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  10. Newmoon2

    Republican former First Lady endorses Republican candidate for president... SHOCKER!

    May 31, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    While Nancy is shaking hands, Mittens is removing money from her purse.

    May 31, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  12. Debbie

    A firm endorsement to for the third time to try Reaganomics. Trickle, trickle, trickle.

    May 31, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  13. Squigman

    What a scene. Two people pandering to a woman for approval. The photo op says it all. Mitt and Mrs Mitt, would do anything to feather their own nest, regardless of who they have to run over to get what they want.

    May 31, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    Does this bishop have another look that he can use? It doesn't matter who it is it's that little bully snicker.
    Does he and that non working wife of his think that since they keep using a president who is dead and did as much, if not more, to destroy this country than bush did that visiting his wife is going to help him?
    An endorsement by a movie star is all he needs. Now he can shut his trap about the President and his Hollywood endorsements!

    May 31, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  15. GI Joe

    Wonder if Nancy's astrologist told her it was ok to say that.

    May 31, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  16. Latina from California

    Mitt Romney will be agreat President and leader of this great nation. If only California would change it's direction to the conservative views, we would start to see progress...

    May 31, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't really think that Mrs. Reagan is really a great endorsement. I don't think that President Reagan would be accepted by the current crap... I mean crop of Republicans. Did Mrs. Reagan ask Romney about his position on stem cell research. I don't think that she would like his answer.

    May 31, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  18. Strategic Bob

    Nancy probably checked with her astrologer before making the endorsement. Had to make sure it was scientifically justified, don't you know?

    May 31, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  19. Mitt

    Good Grief............

    May 31, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  20. Roy

    Ask Romney if he is willing to donate all of his $200 to $300 million to pay off USA debt but he can keep his $10 million so in that way we can see if he truely cares about our country.

    June 1, 2012 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  21. Richard "BONEHEAD" Cheney

    That does it, my mind is now made up. I'm voting for Mr. Bain because Nancy Reagan told us to.

    June 1, 2012 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  22. Thomas

    I wish Nancy Reagan all the best !

    However Lawrance Welk is off the air !

    Romney / Welk

    June 1, 2012 03:24 am at 3:24 am |

    Inept Mitt McCain will trot out Bill Ayers soon. He is an empty suit.

    June 1, 2012 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  24. larry

    Who really cares what she thinks anymore? If ever.

    June 1, 2012 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  25. Marie MD

    The ex movie star and believer in the crystal ball is probably looking at these two and wondering who the heck they are.
    Like her endorsement means a penny in this campaign. She probably also has car elevators.

    June 1, 2012 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
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