Presidential candidates remember Nancy Reagan
© Getty Images
 
"Nancy Reagan, the wife of a truly great President, was an amazing woman,” Trump tweeted. "She will be missed!"
ADVERTISEMENT
"Nancy Reagan will be remembered for her deep passion for this nation and love for her husband, Ronald,” said Cruz, also on Twitter. "The Reagan family is in our prayers."
Nancy Reagan died on Sunday from congestive heart failure, according to a spokesperson.
 
"For conservatives, she has been a powerful living link to her husband's legacy as one of the greatest modern presidents," Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioHouse passes bill taking aim at anonymous shell companies Turkey says soldier killed despite cease-fire in Syria White House staggers after tumultuous 48 hours MORE (R) said in a statement.
 
 
On the Democratic side, the Clinton campaign released a statement.
 
"Nancy was an extraordinary woman: a gracious First Lady, proud mother, and devoted wife to President Reagan—her Ronnie. Her strength of character was legendary, particularly when tested by the attempted assassination of the President, and throughout his battle with Alzheimer's," said former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonCNN: Biden likened Clinton impeachment to 'partisan lynching' in 1998 Trump 'lynching' comparison draws backlash from lawmakers House Democrat pledges 'there will be open hearings' in impeachment inquiry MORE and Hillary Clinton in a statement. "She leaves a remarkable legacy of good that includes her tireless advocacy for Alzheimer’s research and the Foster Grandparent Program."
 
Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — ObamaCare premiums dropping for 2020 | Warren, Buttigieg shift stances on 'Medicare for All' | Drug companies spend big on lobbying Mellman: Trumping peace and prosperity Tlaib to join Sanders at campaign rally in Detroit MORE (I-Vt.), perhaps the most liberal candidate in the race, said Nancy Reagan's death was a moment beyond partisan politics.

"No matter your party or political ideology, this is a sad day for America," he said.
 
Reagan was an important partner as her husband rose from screen acting through the political ranks, eventually serving as first lady through both of his terms.
 
She is remembered, in part, for her “Just Say No” campaign against drug use. But she also advised Ronald Reagan on other matters, such as how to respond to the Iran-Contra scandal, and spoke out about surgery she received for breast cancer so that others might get mammograms.

In her later years, she advocated for Alzheimer’s research after her husband announced he had the disease.