Who was the Republican President before Ronald Reagan?
Gerald Ford was the Republican President before Ronald Reagan, with Jimmy Carter serving as a Democratic President in between the two Republicans.
Why in 1932 did Ronald Reagan vote for new deal creator Franklin Roosevelt but by the 1950's he was?
Democrat Andrew Johnson was selected as Republican Abraham Lincoln's running mate in 1864 to balance the ticket in the midst of the U.S. Civil War, but Johnson never ran for President (he became President when Lincoln was assassinated). Ronald Reagan had originally been a Democrat, but his switch to the Republican Party was many years before he ran for Governor in 1966. (Reagan had commented that he didn't leave the Democratic Party; they left him.)
Speaking as a Republican (who may become an ex-Republican if a viable third party emerges), Reagan was nearly the perfect US President. He made a few mistakes, but he had a vision for the country which many of us still believe in. He was known as the Great Communicator, and he was. I was not old enough to vote for him in 1980, but I was proud to vote for him in 1984. I doubt…