Hologram Reagan: Though Absent from Convention, It's Real

Posted: Aug 31, 2012 8:25 AM

Before Guy got the scoop on Clint Eastwood appearing at the RNC, many joked that the mystery speaker would be a hologram of beloved conservative icon Ronald Reagan. And, well...they were half right.

Although it was never set to be part of the convention, there is a holo-Reagan out there, which its commissioner intends to use at some point in the future to promote the JOBS Act.

"It wasn't officially going to be part of the convention," Tony Reynolds, founder of crowdsourcing website A KickIn Crowd, told Yahoo News in a phone interview Thursday. "It was going to be outside of the convention at the Lakeland Center."

Reynolds obtained rights to a Reagan speech discussing small businesses and plans to use the hologram to promote the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act. He has been working with AV Concepts, one of the companies behind the creation of the Tupac Shakur hologram, which was unveiled at this year's Coachella Music Festival.

However, Reynolds says he discussed the idea with a number of Republican activists who asked him to delay the project out of concern it would overshadow Mitt Romney's acceptance speech.

"At the time he hadn't chosen Paul Ryan, so I think they were a little worried about his energy," Reynolds said. "Even in a hologram form I think Reagan's going to beat a lot of people in terms of communicating."

Reynolds said another reason he delayed the unveiling was that he didn't want the hologram to be used for partisan purposes.

"We were careful because the JOBS Act was a bipartisan bill and we didn't want to seem like we were favoring Republicans," he said.

Apparently, we can expect to see the hologram sometime in 2013, once the election is over. But would this have been a good addition to the RNC lineup? Or would Ronnie have distracted from the actual proceedings?

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