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Surprise: Nancy Reagan supports Mitt Romney for president

June 01, 2012|By Maeve Reston
(EPA/CHRIS CARLSON/POOL )

During his California visit, the beginning of a four-day fundraising swing, Republican Mitt Romney won the backing of Republican former First Lady Nancy Reagan on Thursday.

Reagan said in a statement that Romney and his wife, Ann, had met with her at her home and that she had offered her “firm endorsement” of Romney’s candidacy over lemonade and cookies.

She said her husband, the late President Reagan, “would have liked Gov. 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,” Reagan said.

maeve.reston@latimes.com

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