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Nancy Reagan campaigns in Lexington, 1984

Posted on March 8, 2016 | in Uncategorized | by
First lady Nancy Reagan had lunch with Tracy, 8, and other young patients at Shriners Hospital on Nov. 2, 1984, during a campaign swing through Southern states three days before the presidential election. Ronald Reagan, her husband, would be elected in a landslide, carrying 49 of the 50 states and narrowly losing Minnesota, the home state of Democratic challenger Walter Mondale. Nancy Reagan, who died Sunday at age 94, was known during her husband's presidency for her "Just say no" drug-abuse prevention campaign aimed at youngsters. At Shriners, Dr. David B. Stevens, the chief of staff at Shriners and a former student of Nancy Reagan's stepfather, renowned neurosurgeon Loyal Davis, gave her a tour. It took about an hour, and she visited each of the 34 patients at the 50-bed hospital. During a Herald-Leader interview that day, Reagan spoke positively of Geraldine Ferraro, Mondale's running mate and the nation's first female vice presidential candidate of a major party. She called Ferraro's candidacy "a natural progression" for women, and said she didn't seen any reason why a woman couldn't be president one day. Photo by David Perry | Staff

First lady Nancy Reagan had lunch with Tracy, 8, and other young patients at Shriners Hospital on Nov. 2, 1984, during a campaign swing through Southern states four days before the presidential election. Ronald Reagan, her husband, would be elected in a landslide, carrying 49 of the 50 states and narrowly losing Minnesota, the home state of Democratic challenger Walter Mondale. Nancy Reagan, who died Sunday, March 6, 2016 at age 94, was known during her husband’s presidency for her “Just say no” drug-abuse prevention campaign aimed at youngsters. At Shriners, Dr. David B. Stevens, the chief of staff at Shriners and a former student of Nancy Reagan’s stepfather, renowned neurosurgeon Loyal Davis, gave her a tour. It took about an hour, and she visited each of the 34 patients at the 50-bed hospital. During a Herald-Leader interview that day, Reagan spoke positively of Geraldine Ferraro, Mondale’s running mate and the nation’s first female vice presidential candidate of a major party. She called Ferraro’s candidacy “a natural progression” for women, and said she didn’t seen any reason why a woman couldn’t be president one day. Photo by David Perry | Staff

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