One of the many cross-party friendships that Senator Edward M. Kennedy cultivated during his long legislative career was with the late President Ronald Reagan.
"Both of them respected one another. And it was a very good friendship. It's what there should be more of today," Reagan's widow, Nancy, said Wednesday night on her son Ron's radio show on Air America.
"You can get so much done if you work together," she added.
Ron Reagan asked whether the president and senator shared a bond in some way because Reagan narrowly escaped assassination, and Kennedy's two older brothers were killed.
"Maybe there was," Nancy Reagan replied.
She said she and Kennedy worked together for stem cell research, and they did not talk about their political disagreements.
“I’ll miss him,” she said of "Teddy," who he said stayed in touch long past the 2004 death of her husband, with calls on her birthday and notes and flowers on other special events.
"How sweet is that?"
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