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Ronald Reagan, the fortieth president of the United States of America, was arguably the best president the United States has ever had. Raised in rural Illinois, Reagan grew up as country boy, and kept his ideals and faith through his presidency. Reagan never faltered when he dealt with communism, dealt with a slipping economy, or in any other foreign affairs. His strong convictions led him to being one of the greatest presidents in the history of the United States. (Thomas, 22)
Before he was officially in politics, President Reagan was still very involved in the political process. Reagan started his life as a Democrat. Reagan’s father, a staunch Democrat, influenced Reagan politically. When Reagan cast his first presidential vote, he voted for Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Throughout his life, Reagan supported Democrats for president, including Harry Truman. Soon, however, the shadow of Communism made Reagan lose connections with the Democratic Party, and he began supporting the candidate most opposed to Communism, generally Republicans. Soon, Reagan began supporting candidates like Nixon for office. In the fall of 1962, Reagan officially changed his party registration to Republican. (Reagan, 1)
Reagan first got into politics when he addressed the nation in support of Barry Goldwater for president in 1964. His famous speech from that address, A Time for Choosing, was used later on in his c...