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Reagan mentions

From NBC's Lauren Appelbaum
Many of the Republican candidates took advantage of the opportunity to draw parallels to Ronald Reagan during the debate, but did so in much more veiled instances. McCain casually mentioned a "an old veto pen that Ronald Reagan gave me," while Giuliani drew a specific comparison when talking about cutting federal spending -- "across-the-board spending cuts the way Ronald Reagan did" and reminded the audience he was "the third-ranking official in the Reagan Justice department." Discussing education, Paul referenced the former president -- "Ronald Reagan used to talk about that." Even Hunter joined in the act, telling the audience he "came in with Ronald Reagan in 1980 to cut taxes." Romney, not to be outdone, said he would "follow the pathway Ronald Reagan blazed."