Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Reagan Says Clinton Is Stealing His Ideas

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Reagan Says Clinton Is Stealing His Ideas

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Former President Ronald Reagan said Thursday that the Democrats were trying to rewrite the history of his eight years in power. He also accused President Bill Clinton of stealing Republican ideas for his State of the Union message.

"After watching the State of the Union address the other night, I'm reminded of the old adage that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Only in this case, it's not flattery but grand larceny," Reagan said at a gala Republican Party fund-raiser.

"Our friends in the other party will never forgive us for our success and are doing everything in their power to rewrite history."

Reagan remains the party's most beloved figure - even though he has been out of office for five years. He paid a rare visit to the capital to celebrate his 83rd birthday at the $1,000-a-plate dinner.

Sharing the podium with him was fellow conservative and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, whom he praised as "one of the giants of our century . …

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