"He was one of the few elected officials in the country to support Reagan's revolutionary challenge to Gerald Ford in 1976. And of course, he was national chairman of Reagan's historical 1980 campaign for president. Reagan later asked Paul to serve a national chairman of the Republican Party. The son of Nevada sheepherders, he was a veteran of World War II, a successful businessman and a stalwart and loyal conservative. In the 1970s, no meeting of conservatives was complete without the presence of Paul. Another page in the history of American conservatism and the life and times of Ronald Reagan is turning," says Mr. Shirley.
"Reagan was a household name in 1975, and John Kasich — he could go on 'To Tell the Truth' and no one would guess him," Mr. Shirley said, adding that people have made more of an investment in Mr. Trump than they ever had in Mr. Ford.