Below are complete audio recordings
of some of Ronald Reagan's most important speeches. When available, we
have provided a transcript to accompany the audio files. We would like
to extend special thanks to the Reagan Presidential Library for
providing the Miller Center with audio copies of the speeches below.
Recordings of nearly all of Reagan's speeches are available from the
Reagan Presidential Library.
October 27, 1964
President Ronald Reagan
"A Time for Choosing"
a speech supporting the Republican presidential nominee Barry
Goldwater, Reagan speaks of big government, high taxation, and the "war
on poverty." He addresses foreign policy issues including the risk of
appeasement, "peace through strength," and the Vietnam War. The speech
establishes Reagan as an important figure in the conservative wing of
the Republican party.
considered the original "evil empire" speech, Reagan predicts that
Communism will be left on the "ash-heap of history." He quotes Winston
Churchill on numerous occasions and praises the British for the
Falklands War. He concludes with a call for a "crusade for freedom."
to the National Association of Evangelicals in Orlando, Florida that
would come to represent Reagan's view of the Soviet Union. Reagan
defends America's Judeo-Christian traditions against the Soviet Union's
totalitarian leadership and lack of religious faith, expressing his
belief that these differences are at the heart of the fight between the
in Normandy, France to the American Rangers who fought on D-Day. After
recounting events from D-Day and commending the those who fought in
World War II for their service, Reagan uses the speech to make a
comparison between the Allied fight against fascism and the current
fight against communism.
from Dallas, Texas. Reagan reflects on taxes, poverty, and foreign
policy. He criticizes the Democrats for high taxes, liberal policies
and a lack of concern for the American family. He closes with words on
the Cold-War with the Soviet Union.
an address to the leadership of Germany, the German people and
survivors of the Holocaust, Reagan remembers those who were lost, the
pain the survivors still feel, and the lessons to be learned from the
Holocaust. He speaks of Anne Frank who perished at Bergen-Belsen.
Reagan concludes with the words "we can and must pledge, never again."
address to the nation from the Oval Office on an evening scheduled for
the State of the Union address. The space shuttle Challenger was
supposed to be the first mission to put a civilian into space. He
reminds his audience of the bravery and dedication of those who were
killed on the shuttle.
to the American people from the Oval Office. Reagan promises to tell
the nation the truth regarding the Iran-Contra scandal and admits to
making mistakes. He introduces new personnel and processes put in place
to ensure the integrity of future national security decisions.
one of his most famous statements, Reagan declares "Mr. Gorbachev, tear
down this wall!" He speaks of future peace with the Soviet Union, and
encourages the Soviet government to work on bringing East and West of
speaks of specific freedoms in America that he hopes Russians
themselves will be able to experience. He introduces the possibilities
of greater exchange programs between American and Russian students,
future tourism, and economic exchange between the two nations. He
speaks of strategic arms reductions, the withdrawal from Afghanistan
and the hope for future peace in African nations. He ends the speech
with a question and answer session with the faculty and students.
at a Veterans Day Ceremony. Reagan praises those who fought in Vietnam,
thanks the families that sacrificed their loved ones, and reminds the
audience that despite the divisions of the War, the nation was
to the American people from the Oval Office. Reagan mentions two
triumphs from his presidency: the economic recovery and the recovery of
American morale. He discusses America 's changing relations with the
Soviet Union and shares his regret for the deficit that deepened during
his time in office. He concludes by addressing America's sense of
patriotism and refers to the nation as "a shining city on a hill."