The answer was yes. They explained that they had strongly supported Ronald Reagan, and then they supported George H.W. Bush because they had supported Reagan, and then supported George...
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I don't think it matters one bit who Republicans would support for President in 2016. What matters is who the average American citizen would vote into office. Jeb Bush may be the greatest leader on earth but the media machine has so effectively turned people against GW (and the Bush name as a result) that I fear the name "Bush" would send voters running en masse to whatever Democrat is running in 2016. We (the USA) deserve much better than that. Then again .... maybe "we" got what we deserve in 2012. Blech.
In January 2008, at a John McCain rally in Columbia, S.C., I asked a number of local politicos to look back to the brutal 2000 Republican primary in their state, the one between McCain and George W. Bush. They had all supported Bush back then, and I asked whether, given the inconclusive wars, runaway federal spending and economic catastrophe of the next eight years, they felt they made the right choice.
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