Former U.S. president Ronald Reagan dead

from CBC.ca archives | Sat, 5 Jun 2004

LOS ANGELES - Former U.S. president Ronald Reagan, who transformed conservative American politics in the 1980s, died Saturday after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 93.

Reagan was president from 1981 to 1989. Domestically, he will be remembered for cutting taxes, slashing government programs and running up large deficits, mainly because of increased spending on the U.S. military.

Many credit his intensifying of the arms race for hastening the collapse of the Soviet Union and ending the Cold War.

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Ronald Reagan (AP file photo)

Ronald Reagan (AP file photo)