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The Nation

President Reagan greeted more than 100 renegades from the Democratic Party with a “Welcome aboard--welcome home,” and said their switch to the GOP represents “a national movement that is sweeping the electorate.” A joyful President, flanked by Vice President George Bush and chief political lieutenants at the White House reception, tried to soften the anguish of longtime Democratic officeholders by telling them that they had not left their party but “that party left you” by surrendering to special interests.


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