Obama At AP Event: Ronald Reagan ‘Could Not Get Through A Republican Primary Today’

Ronald Reagan is often touted as a great Republican president — and some polls even show he’s ranked as one of the best modern presidents. At the Associated Press’ annual luncheon on Tuesday, President Obama played off the Reagan popularity and told newspaper editors that Reagan “could not get through a Republican primary today.”

In a question-and-answer session with the group of editors, Obama cited that Reagan needed to raise taxes to deal with high deficits, a criticism aimed at Republicans who have adamantly refused to raise taxes.

Back in January, Sarah Palin expressed a similar sentiment about the GOP primary race when, in response to attacks against Newt Gingrich, she said, “Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater, the fathers of the modern conservative movement, would be ashamed of us in this primary.” (Gingrich, himself, name-dropped Reagan in the Republican debates more times than the other candidates did combined.)

Take a look at the remarks:

(H/T AP via Washington Post)

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