Jun. 05, 2004
Gov. Perry: 'President Reagan Changed America and World'
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement on the death of former President Ronald Reagan.
"Today I join millions of Americans in mourning the passing of a great man and our 40th President - Ronald Reagan.
"President Reagan changed America and the world forever by reviving our economy, renewing our national confidence, and tearing down barriers to freedom throughout the globe.
"The Cold War was won, and Soviet communism was defeated, because President Reagan refused to negotiate our freedom or our future.
"His humor reassured us, his optimism inspired us, and his strong principles propelled us into a future that is stronger, freer and more secure.
"Former Democrats like me were inspired to change parties because of Ronald Reagan's leadership, vision and values.
"And because of Ronald Reagan's leadership, America's best days are still ahead as we seek to build the nation President Reagan envisioned: 'a shining city on a hill' that welcomes people around the globe with freedom's embrace.
"Anita and I join millions of Americans on this day of sorrow in offering our prayers for Mrs. Reagan and the entire Reagan Family. And we thank God for the great life lived by one of this nation's greatest presidents: Ronald Reagan."