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Tags: US | Nancy Reagan | Fractious GOP

GOP Candidates Claim Reagan Mantle, but Forget His Words

GOP Candidates Claim Reagan Mantle, but Forget His Words

Monday, 07 March 2016 04:34 PM EST

Nancy Reagan spent decades protecting the legacy of her husband, but some of President Ronald Reagan's famous political advice appears lost among the White House candidates who embrace him as a guiding light.

It's known as the 11th Commandment: Thou shall not speak ill of any fellow Republican.

The former first lady's death Sunday closed the Reagan era at a time when crude insults and incivility have shaped the party's 2016 presidential primary.

It's a clashing image, compared with the sunny "Morning again in America" theme Reagan employed a generation ago.

The 40th president didn't author the advice about restraint on the campaign trail, but he recognized the GOP needed to avoid infighting that could lead to a splintered party and a November defeat.

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Nancy Reagan spent decades protecting the legacy of her husband, but some of President Ronald Reagan's famous political advice appears lost among the White House candidates who embrace him as a guiding light.
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2016-34-07
Monday, 07 March 2016 04:34 PM
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