There He Goes Again: Reagan Will Run

"I am a candidate and will seek re-election"

After months of build up and teasing hints, the old actor cannily saved his punch line for the very end: the next to last sentence of his five-minute television speech. At 10:55 p.m. Sunday in Washington, a moment carefully chosen to put him on-screen at the end of prime time in the East and the beginning of it on the Pacific Coast, Ronald Reagan was set to appear live from the Oval Office. His text got swiftly to the point: "I've come to a difficult personal decision as to...

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