On the 104th anniversary of his birth, Ronald Reagan was saluted today on Twitter by many of the fellow Republicans who are seriously thinking about seeking to become one of his successors as president.
Joining them was Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., with a Reaganesque tax message that surely would have made the Great Communicator chuckle. Sanders, a socialist, is considering challenging former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president.
Here are their birthday greetings, some more personal than others, in the order the presidential hopefuls tweeted them.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who also celebrated his wedding anniversary today, led the pack with this exclamation (also tweeted later with a different Reagan photo):
Today is the 104th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s birth! pic.twitter.com/FOKlL81NK1
— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) February 6, 2015
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, twice tweeted out this tribute:
Today we celebrate a man whose courage was matched only by his warmth. We continue to celebrate you, Mr. President. pic.twitter.com/tX7YRSXVKA
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) February 6, 2015
Next came Sanders, creatively quoting the Gipper to make a point on tax policy:
Happy Birthday, Ronald Reagan: pic.twitter.com/nCmmFLfubn
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 6, 2015
Former New York Gov. George Pataki, who just visited New Hampshire, also had a Reagan quote at hand:
Remembering the words of President Reagan on his 104th birthday: “Man is not free unless government is limited.” http://t.co/mJocpdSYuo
— George E. Pataki (@GovernorPataki) February 6, 2015
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, contemplating a second White House bid, kept it simple and reflective:
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) February 6, 2015
Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor whose brother knows something about the presidency and whose father was Reagan’s vice president before also being elected president, managed to work in his “rise” theme:
Today would have been President Reagan’s 104th birthday. Let’s honor his legacy by giving all the opportunity to rise pic.twitter.com/4fFhm04ePX
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) February 6, 2015
Oho Gov. John Kasich, who is spending a lot of time promoting a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution, made faith his theme:
On his birthday, I’m reminded how Pres. Reagan showed us that faith can guide us, make us stronger, and move us fwd. http://t.co/teosS1cnA2
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) February 6, 2015
In with her own Reagan quote on human potential was Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard who some see as a worthy opponent to Hillary Clinton:
“There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits to human intelligence, imagination and wonder.” Happy Birthday Pres Reagan.
— Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) February 6, 2015
Rick Perry, until recently the governor of Texas, chose to share recent remarks he made in Reagan’s honor:
Reagan’s belief in American exceptionalism inspired us. On his birthday today, let’s reflect on his legacy. http://t.co/bpNuGNEBrH
— Rick Perry (@GovernorPerry) February 6, 2015
Technically, 2012 nominee Mitt Romney took himself out of the running a week ago, but it seems only fair to let him in on this celebration.
As we remember #RonaldReagan on his birthday, let’s celebrate his legacy of optimism that inspires Americans even today.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) February 6, 2015
As the day drew to a close, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., delivered a special birthday card via Twitter:
Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan! You’re a leader who made us all proud. pic.twitter.com/CZC9g3CL79
— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) February 6, 2015
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who will be the keynote speaker at CPAC’s Ronald Reagan Dinner on Feb. 27, had reason to be thinking of him. (Click on the link after Pence’s message for a historic picture.)
Remembering today Pres Ronald Reagan on what would have been his 104th birthday. Happy Birthday, Mr. President: http://t.co/VZg9UbEQU7
— Governor Mike Pence (@GovPenceIN) February 6, 2015
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