Who is the most popular Republican in this year’s GOP primary? It has to be Ronald Reagan, says an NPR report. The former President is mentioned often by the candidates. I wrote a few weeks ago that Reagan would never elected today and this article discusses how Reagan comes across as a moderate compared to what is said now on the campaign trail – by those claiming to be Reagan conservatives:
In recent years, Sen. Lindsey Graham, former Gov. Mike Huckabee and Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr. — all Republicans — have suggested Reagan would have a tough time winning the GOP nomination today.
Reporter Walter Shapiro is covering his ninth presidential campaign, now for Yahoo! News and The New Republic. He tells NPR’s Raz that there were plenty of Reagan-era policies that wouldn’t sit well with the GOP today — like raising taxes.