WASHINGTON — Nancy Reagan, the 90-year-old widow of president Ronald Reagan — an icon among Republican Party faithful — announced that she was endorsing Mitt Romney in this year’s contest.
Romney and his wife Ann “joined me at my home for some lemonade and cookies and I offered my firm endorsement of his campaign for president,” Reagan, who lives in Bel Air outside Los Angeles, said in a brief statement.
Romney has already earned enough delegates to win the nomination to face Democrat Barack Obama in the November 6 presidential election but does not officially become the nominee until the party convention in Tampa, Florida at the end of August.
“I am thrilled that after Tuesday’s primary he is the clear choice, having won the magic number of 1,144 convention delegates,” Reagan said.
“Ronnie would have liked Governor Romney’s business background and his strong principles, and I have to say I do too.”
“I believe Mitt Romney has the experience and leadership skills that our country so desperately needs, and I look forward to seeing him elected president in November.”
Ronald Reagan, a charismatic Hollywood actor who was elected governor of California and later served two terms as US president from 1981 to 1989, is a hero of the Republican Party, especially its conservative wing.
Nancy Reagan, who appears rarely in public now, fractured some ribs in a fall outside her home in March. She was forced to cancel an event last week at the Reagan Library in California and a spokeswoman said she was still recovering “slowly” from the fall.