On CNN tonight at the Ronald Reagan Library, Mike Huckabee debated the three remaining Republican candidates and was more charming and human than Romney, McCain and Paul combined. The final question was “Would Ronald Reagan endorse you? And if so, why?”
Mitt Romney and John McCain both declared essentially that, yes, of course Saint Reagan would. Ron Paul at least showed some humility by not trying to read Reagan’s mind. But in turning the question around, Mike Huckabee’s answer was inspiring.
HUCKABEE: I think it would be incredibly presumptuous and even arrogant for me to try to suggest what Ronald Reagan would do, that he would endorse any of us against the others.
Let me just say this, I’m not going to pretend he would endorse me. I wish he would. I would love that, but I endorse him, and I’m going to tell you why.
It wasn’t just his specific policies, but Ronald Reagan was something more than just a policy wonk. He was a man who loved this country, and he inspired this country to believe in itself again.
What made Ronald Reagan a great president was not just the intricacies of his policies, though they were good policies. It was that he loved America and saw it as a good nation and a great nation because of the greatness of its people.
And if we can recapture that, that’s when we recapture the Reagan spirit. It’s that spirit that has a can-do attitude about America’s futures and that makes us love our country whether we’re Democrats or Republicans. And that’s what I believe Ronald Reagan did — he brought this country back together and made us believe in ourselves.
And whether he believes in us, I hope we still believe in those things which made him a great leader and a great American.
Nancy Reagan was shown during this statement and she had a big smile on her face. Genuine humility and class — that’s our Mike! Now that’s the caliber of man we want in the White House.
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== Sam Brown ==