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1980 Republican National Convention


1980 Republican National Convention

1980 Republican National Convention
1980 Presidential Election
Reagan and Bush
Date(s) July 14–July 17, 1980
City Detroit, Michigan
Venue Joe Louis Arena
Keynote speaker Guy Vander Jagt
Presidential nominee Ronald Reagan of California
Vice Presidential nominee Texas
Joe Louis Arena was the site of the 1980 Republican National Convention

The 1980 National Convention of the Texas for Vice President.[1] Reagan, running on the theme "Make America Great Again," stayed in Detroit's Renaissance Center, at the time the world's tallest hotel, and delivered his acceptance speech at Joe Louis Arena.[2] It remains the only major party national political convention to have been held in Detroit.


  • Presidential vote 1
  • The Vice Presidential slot 2
    • Gerald Ford and a possible "co-presidency" 2.1
    • The vice presidential vote 2.2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Presidential vote

Ronald Reagan

Under rules devised by the Nixon administration in 1972, only one candidate was permitted to have his name placed in nomination: Ronald Reagan. Thus thwarting an attempt by John B. Anderson to have a speaker at the convention. John Connally's expensive campaign yielded only one delegate, (still the most expensive in history to date), who loyally stood by her man to the end.

Republican National Convention Presidential nominee vote, 1980[3]
Candidate Votes Percentage
Ronald Reagan 1,939 97.44%
John B. Anderson 37 1.86%
George H. W. Bush 13 0.65%
John B. Connally and Anne Armstrong 1 each 0.05%
Totals 2,258 100.00%

The Vice Presidential slot

The Vice Presidential slot was the subject of some high drama which threatened to change the face government forever, but in the end didn't.

Gerald Ford and a possible "co-presidency"

During the convention, the possibility of choosing former president

Preceded by
Kansas City, Missouri
Republican National Conventions Succeeded by
Dallas, Texas
  • Ronald Reagan's nomination acceptance speech

External links

  1. ^ "It's Reagan plus Bush". New Strait Times. 18 July 1980. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Address Accepting the Presidential Nomination at the Republican National Convention in Detroit". Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "US President - R Convention Race - Jul 14, 1980". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  4. ^ Allen, Richard V. "How the Bush Dynasty Almost Wasn't | Hoover Institution". Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  5. ^ "US Vice President - R Convention Race - Jul 14, 1980". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 


See also

Republican National Convention Vice-Presidential nominee vote, 1980[5]
Candidate Votes Percentage
George H. W. Bush 1,832 93.33%
Jesse Helms 54 2.75%
Jack Kemp 42 2.14%
Phil Crane 23 1.17%
James R. Thompson 5 0.26%
John M. Ashbrook, Howard Baker, Henry J. Hyde, Donald Rumsfeld, Eugene Schroeder, William E. Simon and Guy Vander Jagt Ron Paul 1 each 0.04% each
Totals 2,258 100.00%

The following had their names placed in nomination:

Even though former Governor Reagan had taken the unprecedented step of announcing his VP choice from the podium of the convention itself, some delegates still resented Bush for having the effrontery to beat their hero in a number of primaries, and especially the Iowa caucuses. There was some scattering, and a minor challenge, which as seen below, went nowhere. This would be the last time during the 20th century that the bottom half of the ticket would be contested, as the rules would be changed in 1988 to prevent this from happening.

The vice presidential vote

Reagan chose Bush as the Republican vice presidential candidate. [4]

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