Friday, June 25, 2004

An interesting article on Ron Reagan, Reagan's son

Reagan, 46, who is a contributor to MSNBC and an occasional host on the Animal Planet channel, has long been an outspoken political liberal.

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"If the younger Ron Reagan had a history as a conservative activist, I think this would mean something much more serious," he said. "But he had departed from many of his father's policies long ago, so this comes as less of a surprise."

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Besides, Khachigian said, the GOP still has the other Reagan son in its corner: Michael Reagan, the nationally syndicated conservative radio talk show host. Since his father's death, Michael Reagan has said that his father, like Bush, would have opposed stem cell research on moral grounds -- and that the suggestion such research is likely to cure Alzheimer's disease is politically motivated disinformation. "This is junk science at its worst," he wrote in a recent column.

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In interviews this month, Ron Reagan has talked about Bush in conflicting tones, speaking with contempt for his policies but expressing gratitude for the courtesies the president extended to the Reagan family -- such as the use of Blair House and a presidential jet -- when they came to Washington for memorial services.

Reagan said those gestures "made life a lot easier" and that he also liked the eulogy Bush gave his father at Washington National Cathedral, saying it was "sweet." He also told CNN that he had "no personal animus" toward Bush, even though he believes the president is using religion inappropriately to justify his political actions and does not want him to win reelection.

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