October 13th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1980, presidential candidate Ronald Reagan made a speech at a closed-to-the-public campaign stop at Seal Beach Leisure World.

Ronald Reagan greets enthusiastic supporters at Leisure World

Speaking to a crowd of approximately 2,500, Reagan affirmed his support of the Social Security program, promised to tighten Medicare so the elderly could get more benefits from it, and received great applause when he criticized earnings limitations on people drawing Social Security.

This was not Reagan’s first visit to Leisure World. He gave a speech there in 1966 while campaigning for governor.

– Michael Dobkins

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