Mitt Romney Likes Ronald Reagan

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SIMI VALLEY, CA - JANUARY 30:  (L-R) Republican presidential hopefuls former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, US Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), US Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee greet former first lady Nancy Reagan before the start of the CNN/LA Times/Politico GOP Presidential Candidates’ Republican Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library January 30, 2008 in Simi Valley, California. The Republican presidential hopefuls are debating with one week to go until the California Primaries on February 5.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mitt Romney;John McCain;Mike Huckabee;ron Paul;Nancy Reagan
SIMI VALLEY, CA - JANUARY 30: (L-R) Republican presidential hopefuls former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, US Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), US Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee greet former first lady Nancy Reagan before the start of the CNN/LA Times/Politico GOP Presidential Candidates’ Republican Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library January 30, 2008 in Simi Valley, California. The Republican presidential hopefuls are debating with one week to go until the California Primaries on February 5. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mitt Romney;John McCain;Mike Huckabee;ron Paul;Nancy Reagan Photo: Justin Sullivan/2008 Getty Images

In the furious competition between Republican 2012 hopefuls to see who can come up with the most gratuitous reference to Ronald Reagan, Mitt Romney is making a strong case for the crown. In his new 59-step jobs plan, which was unveiled today, Romney describes his proposal for a new multinational free trade agreement (emphasis ours):


[T]here is an opportunity to pursue a gamechanging multilateral agreement among like-minded nations genuinely committed to the principles of open markets. As president, Mitt Romney will pursue the formation of a “Reagan Economic Zone.” This zone would codify the principles of free trade at the international level and place the issues now hindering trade in services and intellectual property, crucial to American prosperity and that of other developed nations, at the center of the discussion.

Because why choose a name that actually, you know, alludes to what the thing is?

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