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What Reagan Would Say

I watched the other day that excellent new documentary that is just coming out on Reagan and the Cold War, In the Face of Evil. There was a wonderful debate moment. Reagan is talking in 1984 about how Mondale was trying to pose as a tough guy and filmed (if I remember correctly) a campaign commerical on the USS Nimitz. Reagan says, basically, “Well, if Mondale had had his way, he would have been standing in very deep water.” Then, goes on to talk about Mondale’s vote against the Nimitz and all sorts of other weapons systems. The amazing thing about it is that this very effective, tough riff could have been repeated almost line for line against John Kerry today.

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