Originally Posted by Taco John
Not dopey social conservatives, that's for sure.
But Reagan knew. He was a Democrat before he was a Republican. But more than that, he was a student of libertarianism. His speeches from the 60's and 70's sound like they came from a Ron Paul speech.
I'm sorry, but if you're arguing Reagan wasn't a clear social conservative in his 1980 & 1984 campaigns, I'm going to assume you're either joking or crazy. He was the one who married the GOP to the religious right. Not Ike, not Nixon - and not his successor Bush Sr either. It was him. And it was a brilliant strategy.
Reagan was an ardent pro-lifer on the Presidential stump. I don't know what he thought of many of today's social issues because they weren't issues 25 years ago.