The Parallels Between Sarah Palin and Ronald Reagan
Published: August 22, 2011 at 5:55 pm
If Sarah Palin does decide to enter into the race for the Republican presidential nominee, she will have a few things in common with one of the greatest Republican candidates in history.
There are, of course, far too many differences between the life and career of Ronald Reagan, and that of Sarah Palin to make a litigimate comparison. However, there are interesting parallels in the lives of these two conservative politicians.
At a young age, both had congenial personalities, with a particularly strong faith in the goodness of people. Both were recognized by their peers as outstanding leaders in the early school years.
Palin attended Wasilla High School where she was the head of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and a member of the girls' basketball and cross country running teams. During her senior year, she was co-captain and point guard at the basketball team that won the 1982 Alaska state championship, earning the nickname “Sarah Barracuda” for her competitive streak.
Reagan attended Eureka College, related by covenant to the Christian Church. At Eureka College he excelled in campus politics, sports and theater. He was a member of the football team, captain of the swim team and was elected student body president.
Ronald Reagan, like Sarah Palin, had an unusually strong competitive streak.
After graduating at the University of Idaho with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, with an emphasis on journalism, Sarah worked as a sportscaster for KTUU-TV and KTVA-TV in Anchorage, and as a sports reporter for the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman
After graduating from Eureka in 1932, with a major in sociology and economics, Reagan, like Sarah Palin, landed a job as a sportscaster. His first sportscaster job was at the University of Iowa. Later he worked as a sportscaster for WOC in Davenport and WHO radio in Des Moines.
Ronald Reagan was a conservative politician who supported Barry Goldwater for President in 1964. Reagan ran for President four times and lost twice. Whatever your thoughts on Reagan, he wasn't a quitter.
John McCain's loss in 2008 was one of the few times in Sarah Palin's life that she has lost an election. Based upon her recent activities, many people believe Sarah Palin is going to enter the presidential race. If she does, it is because she is no quitter.Continued on the next page