Commentary

How Congress Shaped the ’80 Campaign

Lou Cannon at his Summerland home.

LOU CANNON

Ronald Reagan changed the nation’s economic course during the first two years of his presidency, but the seeds of this achievement were rooted in a House member’s bold attempt to broaden Republican appeal at a time when Democrats held solid control of Congress.

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What America Wants…

Winston - cropped for website

DAVID WINSTON

There’s a quiet debate going on in Washington over the role Republicans in Congress should play in the 2016 presidential election. One side argues that Hill Republicans should leave a faint legislative footprint so as not to risk running afoul of the eventual GOP presidential nominee’s agenda. The other side argues that if Hill Republicans can keep the focus on jobs and the economy through legislative and policy initiatives, the party has a huge opportunity to expand its majority coalition for the foreseeable future.

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