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6/12/07: Great American Speeches

Ronald Reagan at the Brandenburg Gate, June 12, 1987.
Ronald Reagan at the Brandenburg Gate, June 12, 1987.

By Doug Fabrizio

Salt Lake City, UT – Ronald Reagan was called the "great communicator." 20 years ago today, he stood at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and challenged Mikhail Gorbachev: "Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" With those words, he delivered a strategic message that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall. That's what great speeches do - they persuade others to take action. Today on the program University of Utah political scientist Tim Chambless is joining us for a look at some of the greatest moments in American rhetoric.

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