- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 6, 2004

“He will be missed not only by those who knew him and not only by the nation that he served so proudly and loved so deeply, but also by millions of men and women who live in freedom today because of the policies he pursued. Ronald Reagan had a higher claim than any other leader to have won the Cold War for liberty, and he did it without a shot being fired.”

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

“The president was a man of tremendous integrity, based on his religious belief. I visited him and Nancy on numerous occasions in recent years and always had prayer with them. Though her husband was unable to communicate at times, Nancy would say, ‘When you prayed, I think he knew you were here.’

The Rev. Billy Graham

“The Gipper may be gone, but his legacy and influence on our nation will live on forever. Today we lost the father of the modern conservative movement.”

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas Republican

“He was a great American patriot. I did not just admire him, I was fortunate enough to know him. He was a hero to me.”

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Hillary and I will always remember President Ronald Reagan for the way he personified the indomitable optimism of the American people, and for keeping America at the forefront of the fight for freedom for people everywhere. It is fitting that a piece of the Berlin Wall adorns the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington.”

Former President Bill Clinton

“We had been political opponents and became close friends. Barbara and I mourn the loss of a great president and for us a great friend. He could take a stand … and do it without creating bitterness or creating enmity on the part of other people.”

Former President George Bush

“On foreign policy, he will be honored as the president who won the Cold War, and his ‘Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall’ will be linked forever with President Kennedy’s ‘Ich bin ein Berliner.’”

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat

“Our country has lost one of its greatest presidents. Ronald Reagan revitalized the economy, rebuilt our national defense capabilities, and revived the spirits of the American people.”

Edwin I. Meese III, Reagan administration attorney general

“America has lost an icon. Ronald Reagan’s leadership will inspire Americans for generations to come. His patriotism and devotion to our country will never be forgotten.”

Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, South Dakota

“President Ronald Reagan proved that an American, raised in difficult family circumstance, in a small town, with no personal money, could not only could succeed, but could rise to lead the cause of freedom and declare victory over the tyranny of the former Soviet Union.”

Former House Speaker

Newt Gingrich

“Ronald Reagan was easily the greatest president of my lifetime — and he will be regarded as one of the greatest leaders this country has ever had. … A man of extraordinary vision, great compassion and resolute leadership, he brought down the evil empire and made the world safer for my children and theirs.”

Former Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North

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