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Michael Reagan: US Longs for Leader Like My Father

By    |   Wednesday, 29 October 2014 03:54 PM

In memory of the speech that former President Ronald Reagan gave in 1964, Michael Reagan tells Newsmax that the nation needs a leader like that again, one who can "rise above all the chatter" and preach a "message of inclusion."

"That's what the nation is waiting for," Reagan, son of the 40th president, told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV on Wednesday.

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"They're waiting for a cheerleader for America, someone who can describe to them the choices that in fact they have, where they are now, where they could be," he explained.

President Reagan gave a speech that has come to be known as "A Time for Choosing," which he gave on behalf of Barry Goldwater's bid for the presidency in 1964. Many have described the speech as setting the stage for Reagan's political career and for the conservative revolution.

Michael Reagan said that he played the speech for students at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, and that "they were amazed by it because of how we talk about those same issues today, but this generation that's growing up never knew who Ronald Reagan was."

"They don't know that it can be better, and so it's going to take someone rising above all of the chatter that's out there and really leading and having a message of inclusion, not a message of exclusion," Reagan explained.

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Reagan said that one of the things that has trivialized U.S. politics is that there's "too much media," which only makes "both parties fearful of saying anything" about "where they stand on a lot of issues."

Unfortunately, he contends that there's no way to get past this because the 'gotcha' mentality in the media "gets ratings."

"When do you turn on the media and find good news?" he asked.

"You always find bad news because it gathers ratings," he added. "'Gotcha' media plays."

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In memory of the speech that former President Ronald Reagan gave in 1964, Michael Reagan tells Newsmax that the nation needs a leader like that again, one who can "rise above all the chatter" and preach a "message of inclusion."
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