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Reagan also herald Romney's experience and leadership skills as something "our country so desperately needs" in a statement obtained by The Associated Press.

The former first lady is still recovering from broken ribs sustained about seven weeks ago. Last week, she skipped a speech at the Reagan Presidential Library by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanWhy the rush to condemn a carbon tax? House votes to go to conference on farm bill House backs resolution expressing support for ICE MORE (R-Wis.) because her doctor had advised her to avoid large events.

Romney press secretary Andrea Saul tweeted a picture of the Romneys meeting with the former first lady Thursday night.