Reagan Legacy Inspires New Generation of Politicians





Five years after his death and 22 years after his presidency ended, President Reagan's leadership style and policies are still influencing the political debate in 2010.

President Obama echoed the iconic Republican, who wold have been 99 Saturday, in his State of the Union address last week.

Many tea party activists say Reagan and his mantra of cutting taxes are part of the inspiration behind the rallies that have gripped the country in the past year.

And many Republican candidates in this year's midterm elections are expected to rely on Reagan's name and image to help them win back seats this fall.

In one case, Danny Tarkanian, one of three potential GOP challengers to an increasingly vulnerable Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, is using footage of the Gipper in one of his campaign videos.




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