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Ronald Prescott Reagan
Adapted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ronald Prescott Reagan (born May 20, 1958), usually known as Ron Reagan Jr., is currently a liberal political commentator for the cable television network MSNBC.

Reagan grew up in Los Angeles and then Sacramento, while his father was Governor of California from 1967 to 1975. He attended Yale University but dropped out in 1976 after one semester. At that time, his father was running in the Republican Presidential primary against incumbent Gerald Ford, and Reagan disliked the attention he received at Yale. He joined the Joffrey Ballet in pursuit of a lifelong dream to become a ballet dancer. In a widely published photograph, Ron is shown after a performance wearing tights and full stage make-up, getting a congratulatory kiss from his mother, as his father, a few feet away, smiles as an observer. Senior visited Junior backstage, then emerged to tell reporters, "He's all boy."

Reagan now lives in Seattle with his wife, Doria, a psychologist whom he married in 1980 after much public speculation as to his sexuality. He has worked in recent years as a magazine journalist, and has hosted talk shows on cable TV networks such as the Animal Planet network. Reagan serves on the board of the Creative Coalition, an organization founded in 1989 by a group including Susan Sarandon and Christopher Reeve to politically mobilize entertainers and artists, generally for liberal causes such as First Amendment rights, arts advocacy and public education.
From February 15 to December 9, 2005, Reagan co-hosted the talk show Connected: Coast to Coast with Ron Reagan and Monica Crowley on MSNBC.
Unlike his late father, Ron Reagan has always been a political liberal, although he has never considered a political career. Asked in a June 2004 New York Times interview if he would like to be President of the United States, he responded, "I would be unelectable. I'm an atheist. As we all know, that is something people won't accept."

On July 28, 2004, Reagan spoke at the Democratic National Convention about his support for lifting Bush's restrictions on federally-funded Embryonic stem cell research, a form of research which some scientists believe could lead to a cure or new treatments for Alzheimer's Disease, which slowly killed President Reagan.
"There are those who would stand in the way of this remarkable future, who would deny the federal funding so crucial to basic research. A few of these folks, needless to say, are just grinding a political axe and they should be ashamed of themselves," Ron Reagan said of the restrictions. "We can choose between the future and the past, between reason and ignorance, between true compassion and mere ideology."

Reagan was quoted as saying that he would vote for Democratic candidate John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. Weeks later, Reagan wrote an essay entitled "The Case Against George W. Bush by Ron Reagan" for Esquire Magazine.

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