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How John McCain is like Ronald Reagan.

Published February 28, 2008 10:58PM (EST)

"John [McCain] appreciates the complexity of the real world, which after all is a world of hard choices and painful trade-offs. Ronald Reagan was a staunch conservative. Nobody ever accused the Gipper of being squishy ... Ronald Reagan found solutions that worked, even if they sometimes occasionally failed the rigid tests of the purists."

-- Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, seeking to reassure conservatives about Sen. John McCain by comparing him to President Reagan. Baker made the remarks while endorsing McCain's candidacy at Houston's Hobby Airport on Thursday, according to the New York Times.

By Katharine Mieszkowski

Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior writer for Salon.

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