Mitt Romney, with his wife Ann, met this afternoon in Los Angeles with former first lady Nancy Reagan to receive her endorsement. "Mitt and Ann Romney joined me at my home this afternoon for some lemonade and cookies and I offered my firm endorsement of his campaign for President," Reagan says in a statement released by her office.

Nancy Reagan praised Romney, saying that former President Ronald Reagan "would have liked Governor Romney’s business background and his strong principles, and I have to say I do too. I believe Mitt Romney has the experience and leadership skills that our country so desperately needs, and I look forward to seeing him elected president in November."

Here's a picture the former first lady's office released of their meeting:

Nancy Reagan acknowledged that her endorsement comes before the end of the nominating process, but that Romney is now the presumptive Republican nominee. "Although I know he will not be the official nominee of the Republican Party until August in Tampa, Florida, I am thrilled that after Tuesday’s primary he is the clear choice, having won the magic number of 1,144 convention delegates."

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