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Reagan Biographer: 'Elements' of Gipper in Several GOP Hopefuls

By    |   Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 01:13 PM

Craig Shirley, a biographer of former President Ronald Reagan, said that he sees several of the likely Republican candidates for president "ascribing to the Reagan mantle."

"The interesting thing about the 2016 field is that it is what you would call a target rich environment," Shirley told J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Tuesday.

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"There are actually very many good men and one woman (potentially) running for the nomination, and it's probably the most impressive field since 1980 when Ronald Reagan won the nomination and then won the presidency," he contends.

"I see elements of Reagan in [Wisconsin Gov.] Scott Walker, I see elements of Reagan in [Kentucky Sen.] Rand Paul, I see elements of Ronald Reagan in [Texas Sen.] Ted Cruz and [Louisiana Gov.] Bobby Jindal as well," he explained.

"They are all, except for one, [Former Florida Gov.] Jeb Bush, of course, they're all ascribing to the Reagan mantle," he said. "Nobody's ascribing to the Nixon mantle or the Bush mantle or any other mantle."

Cruz was the first to announce his plans to run for president in 2016, which he did Monday from Liberty University.

Conservative commentators such as The Daily Caller senior editor Jamie Weinstein and Matt Lewis from The Week have argued that Cruz is actually more like President Barack Obama than Reagan.

Shirley says that may be true "at a very kind of superficial level — he's only been in the Senate for two years, he's Yale and Princeton, he's an ethnic minority. But beyond that, in terms of his outlook of government, his outlook of his personal character, his belief in the rule of law, all those other things combined he's very much unlike Barack Obama."

Shirley's Reagan biographies include "Reagan's Revolution", "Rendezvous with Destiny" and "Last Act".

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