Wednesday, June 16
The surviving Reagans disagree
with President Bush's mixing of
religion and politics.
Reagan's Family Says Bush is No Reaganite
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On Friday, at the culmination of an emotional week of mourning for
the former president, his son Ron Reagan delivered a eulogy that
castigated politicians who use religion "to gain political advantage,"
a comment that was being interpreted in Washington as a not-so-subtle
slap at Mr. Bush.
"The Bush people have no right to speak for my father, particularly
because of the position he's in now," Ron Reagan said in an interview
last year. "Yes, some of the current policies are an extension of the
80's. But the overall thrust of this administration is not my father's
- these people are overly reaching, overly aggressive, overly secretive
and just plain corrupt. I don't trust these people."
Stem Cell Research Bill Renamed in Memory of Former President Reagan
Nancy Reagan and her daughter, Patti Davis, are vocal opponents of
President Bush's restrictive stem-cell research policies. Stem cell
research could potentially help with a variety of diseases, such as
Ronald Reagan's Alzheimer's, but pro-lifers object to the killing of
embryos required to perform the research.