Nation: Will the Last Remain First?

A cooler Ronald Reagan formally enters the race

For months he had waited patiently in the wings, as nine other Republicans entered the race without dislodging him from his position at the head of the pack. Last week Ronald Reagan, the once fervent evangelist of the political right, finally made his move. He did so in one of the nation's few citadels of G.O.P. moderation: New York City. As a spotlight redolent of Hollywood memories illuminated his pinkish cheeks and slightly graying temples, the still handsome candidate declared, "I am here tonight to announce...

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