The 2016 presidential candidates offered up their tributes to former First Lady Nancy Reagan in the hours following her death in Bel-Air, California, at age 94 on Sunday.
Nancy, who had been married to Ronald Reagan for 52 years until his death in 2004, passed away at her home from congestive heart failure. Immediately following the news of her death, thousands of tributes began pouring in on social media platforms to honor Nancy’s life, legacy and her devotion to her husband — especially during his final years battling Alzheimer’s disease.
Almost all of the remaining 2016 presidential candidates participated in publicly honoring Nancy and her family.
Nancy Reagan will be remembered for her deep passion for this nation and love for her husband, Ronald. The Reagan family is in our prayers.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 6, 2016
Nancy Reagan, the wife of a truly great President, was an amazing woman. She will be missed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 6, 2016
Today our nation mourns the loss of Nancy Reagan, a true example of integrity and grace. My prayers are with the entire Reagan family.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) March 6, 2016
Ohio Gov. John Kasich's statement on the passing of Nancy Reagan: pic.twitter.com/1EWpzAY01B
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) March 6, 2016
Despite their stark political differences, democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton also added her voice to the tributes pouring in for Nancy, especially honoring the former first lady’s “tireless” advocacy and “legendary” character.
Nancy's strength of character was legendary, and her advocacy—especially for Alzheimer's research—was tireless. Praying for her family. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 6, 2016
The White House also tweeted a tribute to Nancy and her devotion to her husband, in addition to the statement President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama issued earlier, in which they stated, “Our former first lady redefined the role in her time here. Later, in her long goodbye with President Reagan, she became a voice on behalf of millions of families going through the depleting, aching reality of Alzheimer’s, and took on a new role, as advocate, on behalf of treatments that hold the potential and the promise to improve and save lives.”
Rest in peace, Nancy Reagan. pic.twitter.com/VjWTPZj0Vm
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 6, 2016
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