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Presidential Candidates Pay Tribute to Nancy Reagan
Ronald Reagan and Nancy at Reagan Ranch in Malibu, site of the proposed Reagan Equestrian Campground. (Photo to California Parks Courtesy of Reagan Family-1958)

Presidential Candidates Pay Tribute to Nancy Reagan

"Nancy's strength of character was legendary, and her advocacy—especially for Alzheimer's research—was tireless."

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.

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.

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.”

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