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August 22, 2012 10:14 am

RNC Wrongly Attributes Quote from Jewish Scholar Hillel to Ronald Reagan

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Governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell speaking at CPAC. Photo: wiki commons.

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell read a quote from the preamble of the Republican party’s 2012 platform, that was mistakenly attributed to Ronald Reagan instead of the famous Jewish sage Hillel, following a Republican National Committee meeting yesterday in Tampa, Florida.

After finishing a meeting to discuss the committee’s platform heading into the Republican National Convention, McDonnell began reading the preamble, saying, “We must answer Ronald Reagan’s question: If not us who? And if not now, when?”

However, as Zeke Miller of Buzz Feed points out, this quote was Reagan’s loose interpretation of one of the Jewish scholar’s most notable teachings, “If I am not for myself, who will be? And when I am for myself, what am ‘I’? And if not now, when?”

McDonnell chaired the platform meetings for the RNC on Monday and Tuesday.

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