Nancy Reagan: Ronald and Ted Good Friends

Friday, 28 Aug 2009 08:36 PM

By Dan Weil

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Nancy Reagan says President Reagan and Ted Kennedy were close friends, proving that liberals and conservatives can hold strong political views without hating each other.

"Most people didn't realize the friendship, or didn't accept it, or didn't know about the friendship," Mrs. Reagan told Larry King on CNN Monday.

"You know, Ronny was so identified with the Republican Party, and Teddy obviously with the Democratic Party. But that doesn't make any difference, Larry, really. It shouldn't make any difference. I'm afraid it does now, but it shouldn't."

As Mrs. Reagan intimated, the amount of bi-partisanship has waxed and waned throughout U.S. history.

As for the ex-president and the ex-Massachusetts senator, "They both had very definite opinions about things,” Mrs. Reagan said. But, “It was a wonderful, wonderful friendship."

She noted that her husband and Kennedy eagerly helped each other, in public and in private. They even cooperated on the hotbed issue of stem cell research.

In 1985, President Reagan spoke at a fundraising event for the John. F. Kennedy Memorial Library in McLean, Va. upon the request of Ted Kennedy.

"Teddy had asked Ronny to speak. … He did, very happily," Mrs. Reagan said.

In 1981, the Reagans entertained Kennedy’s mother Rose at the White House. That was her first visit there since President Kennedy’s 1963 assassination.

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