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Mrs. Reagan, Thatcher Praise McCain

May 25, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Two grande dames of the conservative movement, Nancy Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, are giving Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign a boost.

In a note beginning ``My dear senator,″ the former British prime minister praised McCain’s speeches and writings on the conflict in Kosovo. ``I wanted to write and tell you how much I admired and agreed with their contents,″ read the note released by McCain’s GOP presidential campaign.

The Arizona senator has criticized President Clinton for ruling out the use of ground troops in Yugoslavia.

Though she has not endorsed McCain, Thatcher wrote, ``I very much hope that the wise and courageous leadership you are offering on this vital issue impresses others in Washington as much as it impresses me.″

Nancy Reagan also has not endorsed McCain, though she did ask that the senator accept an award Wednesday night on behalf of her husband. The American Conservative Union will honor Reagan as the conservative of the century.

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