What made Ronald Reagan a great president was not just the intricacies of his policies, though they were good policies. It was that he loved America and saw it as a good nation and a great nation because of the greatness of its people.
And if we can recapture that, that's when we recapture the Reagan spirit. It's that spirit that has a can-do attitude about America's futures and that makes us love our country whether we're Democrats or Republicans. And that's what I believe Ronald Reagan did -- he brought this country back together and made us believe in ourselves.
And whether he believes in us, I hope we still believe in those things which made him a great leader and a great American.
COOPER: Gentleman, good luck to you all. Thank you very much for attending this debate tonight.
And that concludes this debate tonight. Thank you very much for your participation.
And if -- Senator, thank you so much. Appreciate it. Thank you very much, sir. Governor. THank you very much, sir. Good luck to you.
And if you are just joining us, good evening very much from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library here in Simi Valley, California. A remarkable evening of politics has just taken place. This has been the site of the final Republican presidential debate before Super Tuesday.
The candidates are still on the stage. They are greeting their families, their family members. Mrs. Reagan is still here. She has been the host of this event tonight. The room we are in, the Air Force One Pavilion, a remarkable pavilion built literally around Air Force One, the plane that Ronald Reagan himself used and a number of other presidents have used. It was brought back to this hall and rebuilt.
A contentious night at times. Also, at times, civil, heavy on policy. An interesting night, a lot to talk about. The GOP field narrowed by one today. It is down to now, of course, the four candidates. Three primary or caucus winners, two front-runners right now, and one John McCain, who clearly came in tonight with a full head of steam.
There's a lot to talk about in the hour ahead. Let's get started with CNN's John King, who has some of the highlights -- actually John is making his way over here, trying to make his way through the crowd. John, some of the highlights tonight?
JOHN KING, CNN ANCHOR: Anderson, I thought the highlight overwhelmingly was the crackling exchanges and the tension, you could see it, the looking and glaring at each other, between McCain and Romney. Obviously, Governor Romney trying to assert himself as the alternative to John McCain at a time when many believe Senator McCain has taken command of the Republican race.
Whether the issue was Iraq and Governor Romney saying, essentially that McCain was lying the he ever had a timetable to get out of Iraq; trying to cast McCain's economic policies and other policies as liberal and out of the Republican mainstream. Those crackling exchanges between those were, without a doubt, the highlight of this debate.
COOPER: We should also mention the breaking news tonight, that during this debate, Governor Schwarzenegger, the announcement that he will be endorsing John McCain.
KING: He will be endorsing him tomorrow, we are told by several Republican sources. He made that agreement today. They did not want to announce it today, because he is, of course, is here as the Republican governor of California, did not want to be seen as taking sides when you have all the Republican candidates up here during the debate. But we are told that publicly he will make that announcement here in California tomorrow.
Again, that is the challenge; McCain is trying to consolidate the Republican party. He gets the Giuliani endorsement. He will get the Schwarzenegger endorsement. Some conservative senators in the state of Georgia will endorse Senator McCain in the next 24 hours or so. That is the momentum, the dynamic that Governor Romney is trying to stop by saying, I am the true conservative. I am the Reagan conservative in this race. Look at John McCain's record.
I also thought it was quite interesting, Anderson, going into the Super Tuesday states, including some southern primaries, where the cultural issues like abortion and same sex marriage will be big issues. You had Governor Huckabee down on the end, saying don't forget me. This is not a two-man race. That is another one of Governor Romney's complications in trying to stop Senator McCain's momentum, is that he does have a very effective debater and a very active social conservative candidate in Mike Huckabee to deal with at the same time he's trying to confront McCain.
COOPER: There's also so much news to talk about. Not just Governor Schwarzenegger's endorsement of John McCain, but also Rudy Giuliani dropping out of the race and his endorsement today at the Ronald Reagan Library of John McCain, behind a podium that looked presidential. If you squinted your eyes, it could have been the White House.