Quote Of The Day: Gipper Edition

“Running for president was the last thing on my mind [in 1968]. I’d been governor for less than two years and I said it would look ridiculous if I ran for president.” — Ronald Reagan, “An American Life,” 1990

Reagan. of course, did end up running that year and actually received more popular votes in the GOP primaries than Richard Nixon, largely because he appeared unchallenged on the California primary ballot that year However, because of the way that the GOP allocated delegates back then, he was far behind Nixon in the delegate count when the party convention started in Miami. Reagan would run again in 1976, but it would only be in 1980 that he finally won the nomination.

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Doug Mataconis
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Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020.

Comments

  1. G.A.Phillips says:
  2. anjin-san says:

    I’m sorry Doug, Sarah Palin has trademarked the name “Ronald Reagan”. Kindly cease and desist.

  3. G.A.Phillips says:

    ***I’m sorry Doug, Sarah Palin has trademarked the name “Ronald Reagan”. Kindly cease and desist.*** ima trademark Bush:)