Longtime Republican campaign consultant Ed Rollins Saturday remembered when Muhammad Ali, who died Friday at age 74, endorsed President Ronald Reagan's re-election bid in 1984.
"He came and met with the president in the Oval Office," Rollins told Uma Pemmaraju on Fox News
. Ali and the president met in 1983.
"He was still a very handsome man," he said. "There's a picture of the two of them throwing punches at each other.
"In 1984, the campaign that I ran for Reagan, he basically endorsed Jesse Jackson in the Democratic primary, where Jackson lost to [former Vice President Walter] Mondale.
"He came over and endorsed us," Rollins told Fox. "We used him in billboards.
"We had these great billboards of him and Floyd Patterson and Joe Frazier — sort of an 'America loves a champion' — with Reagan throwing a punch at him.
"He was a phenomenal person."
Other politicians, both Republican and Democrat, also praised Ali on Twitter:
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