Speaker Series

Time for Choosing Speaker Series

The Time for Choosing Speaker Series is a new forum from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute for leading voices in the conservative movement to address critical questions facing the future of the Republican Party.  Through formal speeches delivered at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, speakers will be invited to specifically address fundamental questions, such as “Why are you a Republican?,” “What should the Republican Party stand for?,” and “What are the Republican philosophies we can all agree on?”

The series derives its name from the iconic 1964 address Ronald Reagan delivered to support Senator Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign. A political newcomer at the time, Ronald Reagan presented the country with a choice between "man's old-aged dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order" and "the ant heap of totalitarianism."

The question is no longer “What would Ronald Reagan do?”
The question is now “What would Ronald Reagan expect of us?”

Speakers will include leading intellectuals, U.S. representatives, U.S. senators, governors and emerging 2024 presidential candidates. They will embody a range of viewpoints: As then-Governor Reagan said in 1967, "There is room in our tent for many views; indeed, the divergence of views is one of our strengths."

"It is a great honor to kick off the Time for Choosing series,” said former Speaker Paul Ryan. “I look forward to addressing these fundamental and timely questions, but more importantly I am eager to hear how other Republican and conservative leaders, each with their own convictions and priorities, address the same questions. I am confident that our substantive, reasoned dialogue will do a service to the legacy of President Reagan and the party he once led."

Speeches will be broadcast online through the Reagan Foundation & Institute's website and social media channels. Live audiences will be present based on COVID-19 restrictions.  


Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan

May 27, 2021

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Former Vice President of the United States Mike Pence

June 24, 2021

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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

July 26, 2021

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Governor Chris Christie

September 9, 2021

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Former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley

October 5, 2021

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United States Senator Tim Scott

December 14, 2021

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Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan

February 7, 2022

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United States Senator Tom Cotton

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