Guest post by Roger Stone
I worked for Governor Ronald Reagan’s 1976 campaign for President when he came agonizingly close to beating Gerald Ford who had never been elected President, for the Republican Presidential Nomination.
With the entire Republican establishment supporting former Republican Minority Leader, Gerald R. Ford, who Nixon had appointed Vice President on his way out the door, we were a hardy band of renegades who recognized that Ford could not beat the then surging in the Democratic Primaries, Jimmy Carter. In fact, Reagan and Carter both shared a carefully constructed “Washington outsider” persona. I was honored to work with Senator Paul Laxalt, Lyn Nofziger, John P. Sears, Clif White, Anderson Carter, Frank Whetstone, Lou Kitchen, Kenny Klinge, Paul Russo, Mike Deaver, Peter Hanaford, Dr. Martin Anderson and his wife Annelise Anderson, Jeff Bell,
It was widely assumed that Reagan would be too old to run again in 1980, a view I did not share. The night of