Stuart K. Spencer, Political Consultant
When Ronald Reagan decided to run for governor, he picked a young political consultant named Stu Spencer and his partner Bill Roberts to run the campaign. It was the start of a successful political partnership – and friendship – that stretched nearly four decades, although not without some rough patches.
In this oral history with author and journalist Lou Cannon, Spencer details Reagan’s strengths and weaknesses as a candidate – and as governor and president – and the important role played by Nancy Reagan.
Part 1 – Reagan for Governor:
Part 2 – The Reagan Presidency
For more information, please read the biographies by Lou Cannon: “Governor Reagan: His Rise to Power”and “President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime.”
The transcripts and video were edited for organizational clarity and continuity.
This project was supported by a grant from the California State Library.