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Sanders, Clintons take time out to honor Nancy Reagan

Nancy Reagan had a good heart, and she will be dearly missed.

DETROIT — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement Sunday on the passing of former first lady Nancy Reagan:

“No matter your party or political ideology, this is a sad day for America. Nancy Reagan was an exemplary first lady. A devoted partner, she was her husband’s most trusted advisor and, as such, served our country well. Even after her time in the White House, she was an outspoken advocate for stem-cell research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. Nancy Reagan had a good heart, and she will be dearly missed.”

President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis Reagan

President and Mrs. Nancy Davis Reagan relax on the docks at Lake Lucky, Rancho del Cielo in March 1982. (Photos courtesy The Reagan Presidential Library)

The Clinton’s also expressed condolences on the loss of the former First Lady of the Reagan White House.

“Hillary and I were deeply saddened to learn of Nancy Reagan’s passing,” former President Bill Clinton said in a statement.

“Nancy was an extraordinary woman: a gracious First Lady, proud mother, and devoted wife to President Reagan—her Ronnie. Her strength of character was legendary, particularly when tested by the attempted assassination of the President, and throughout his battle with Alzheimer’s.

She leaves a remarkable legacy of good that includes her tireless advocacy for Alzheimer’s research and the Foster Grandparent Program. We join all Americans in extending our prayers and condolences to her beloved children and her entire family during this difficult time.”

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