Sen. Gramm Recalls Decisive Moments of Reagan Presidency


One of the most articulate, forceful and effective proponents of the Reagan Revolution made a rare public appearance on Friday Feb. 28 in New Jersey.

That would be former Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas, who pushed through Reagan’s economic program while serving in the House of Representatives as a Democrat. When House Speaker Tip O’Neill, and other Democrats, forced Gramm off the budget committee back in 1982, he responded by changing parties. Gramm won in special election, returned to the House, and then ran successfully for U.S. Senate where he served for two terms before retiring in 2002.

Gramm was the featured speaker for the annual New Jersey Reagan Day, which was founded in 2004 by Assemblyman Jay Webber. This year’s event, held in the North Jersey town of Parsippany, drew over a hundred private citizens, grassroots activists and elected officials. In his remarks, Gramm contrasted Reagan’s economic record with that of President Obama.

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