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Nancy Reagan In 1995: "Ronnie Turned That Torch Over To Newt"

Speaking at a 1995 Goldwater Institute Dinner, former First Lady Nancy Reagan praised Newt Gingrich.

"They believed that government should simply get out of the way. Ronnie and Barry fought for those principles, which, today, have been overwhelmingly embraced," Reagan said. "So they must have done something right. Just take a look at the extraordinary men and women who make up the 104th Congress and of course its distinguished speaker, Newt Gingrich. The dramatic movement of 1995 is an outgrowth of a much earlier crusade that goes back half a century. Barry Goldwater handed the torch to Ronnie, and, in turn, Ronnie turned that torch over to Newt and the Republican members of Congress to keep that dream alive."

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