President Ronald Reagan's Successful Campaign

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In the 1930s, Reagan had been a liberal Democrat who was a supporter Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) and his New Deal programs. But in 1962, Reagan switched sides to the Republican Party and helped Richard Nixon (1913-1994) in his unsuccessful campaign for the California governorship. In 1966, Reagan ran for governor of California on a platform that called for the downsizing of the California state government. He won easily.In 1968, he made an unsuccessful attempt for the Republican presidential nomination, but was reelected to the California governor 's office in 1970.

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