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Florida reaction to death of Margaret Thatcher



Sen. Bill Nelson:

"I’ll remember Prime Minister Thatcher for leading the United Kingdom through a very turbulent period with unshakable determination, class and conviction.  The close US-UK friendship was further strengthened during her leadership, and America will be forever grateful."

Sen. Marco Rubio:

“I join Margaret Thatcher’s family and the British people in mourning the loss of one of the 20th century’s most consequential leaders. From a young age, Margaret Thatcher understood what limited government and free enterprise could do for people and helped modernize Great Britain’s economy. Her passion for freedom and in advocating for the dignity of people trapped behind communism’s Iron Curtain helped bring about the Soviet Union’s end. As someone who grew up in the Ronald Reagan era, I admired the special bond he had with Margaret Thatcher. Through her work with Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher helped deepen and solidify the special relationship between our two countries, which continues to benefit both nations to this day.

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart:

“She and another inimitable world leader, former President Ronald Reagan, formed a powerful duo at a time when resolve and fortitude in the face of communism were desperately needed. Her unshakable commitment to free markets and free peoples and her fierce opposition to tyranny have left a lasting and global legacy.  The world could use a multitude of "iron ladies" like Margaret Thatcher.  She will be deeply missed.”

Rep. Gus Bilirakis:

"Lady Thatcher was a great leader and one of the United States' greatest allies during the Cold War. Her legacy as the first female Prime Minister and willingness to tackle difficult issues head on will continue to inspire many for years to come. May her memory be eternal."

Rep. Trey Radel

"The world lost a great conservative leader this morning with the passing of Margaret Thatcher. Her vision & inspiration will be missed."


[Last modified: Monday, April 8, 2013 4:00pm]


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