The Atlantic: When Ronald Reagan Endorsed Ron PaulSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Tue, 02/08/2011 - 00:32
Ben Smith of Politico has identified what he predicts will be the "best campaign ad of 2012." It will be a Haley Barbour spot featuring something any GOP hopeful would kill for: Ronald Reagan's endorsement, which he bestowed during Barbour's 1982 Senate campaign. Here's Reagan:
I'd like to take a moment to talk with you about our country's future and a very special leader - Haley Barbour. The problems of the 1980's are rapidly changing and demanding new solutions and fresh vigorous ideas. I've learned first hand that Haley Barbour has the intelligence, courage and experience to make a great United States Senator. These are difficult times but slowly and surely we are making America prosperous again. With leaders like Haley Barbour we can look to the future with confidence and hope.
I agree that will make a compelling ad. But I wouldn't award the Oscar just yet. That's because the 2012 GOP primary will quite possibly feature two Reagan-endorsed candidates, and just as many Reagan endorsement ads.