As governors across the nation declare February 6, President Reagan\’s birthday, "Ronald Reagan Day," Frank O\’Bannon refuses, saying Reagan had no connection to "events" in Indiana.

WASHINGTON- On Thursday February 6, America\’s 40th President, Ronald Wilson Reagan, will turn 92.
As part of its effort to keep Reagan\’s legacy alive, the Ronal Reagan Legacy Project has asked state governors to honor the former president by declaring his birthday "Ronald Reagan Day" in their states.

But Indiana\’s Governor Frank O\’Bannon has refused to do so on the grounds that any such declaration must concern something affecting Indiana. Is Governor O\’Bannon implying that the President of the United States does not affect individual states, or does the governor mistakenly believe that Indiana was not a state during the 1980\’s?

As of February 3, the RRLP has been notified formally of the following governors\’ proclamations. More states have promised action on February 6 itself.

Gov. Mike Foster of Louisiana
Gov. Mike Johanns of Nebraska
Gov. John Rowland of Connecticut
Gov. Paul Patton of Kentucky
Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas
Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida
Gov. Bill Owens of Colorado
Gov. Kenny Guinn of Nevada
Gov. Frank Murkowski of Alaska
Gov. Craig Benson of New Hampshire
Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota
Gov. Sonny Perdue of Georgia
Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina
Gov. John Hoeven of North Dakota


"President Reagan changed the face of all America," said taxpayer advocate Grover Norquist, President of the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project. "In a time of economic stagnation and advancing world communism, Ronald Reagan re-energized the economy, won the cold war, brought freedom to millions of oppressed people around the world, and made America proud and confident again. The nation, including Indiana and all Hoosiers, owes a great debt to this larger-than-life figure. Perhaps Governor O\’Bannon would prefer that Hoosiers live once again with 14% inflation, 21% interest rates, and Soviet missiles pointed at their homes."

The RRLP is committed to preserving the legacy of one of America\’s greatest presidents. Among it\’s aims, the Project seeks to name at least one monument to President Reagan in each of America\’s counties, and in nations that were once Communist. Grover Norquist, the RRLP President is a long time Washington insider. He is available for interviews about Ronald Reagan\’s legacy and the goals of the project. Please contact Paul Prososki at 202-785-0266 or [email protected].