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1984 Republican National Convention

1984 Republican National Convention
1984 Presidential Election
Reagan and Bush
Date(s) August 20–August 23, 1984
City Dallas, Texas
Venue Reunion Arena
Keynote speaker Katherine D. Ortega
Presidential nominee Ronald W. Reagan of California
Vice Presidential nominee Texas
The Reunion Arena was the site of the 1984 Republican National Convention

The 1984 National Convention of the George H. W. Bush for reelection.

It was the thirty-third GOP presidential nominating convention, the first Republican convention held in Texas (indeed, the first Republican convention in the South outside Florida), and the only convention of either party held in Dallas.

Reagan's popularity had rebounded after the early 1980s recession, and he became the first incumbent president since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 to run without serious opposition in the primary. The keynote address on August 20 was delivered by Katherine Ortega, Treasurer of the United States. Other speakers included Elizabeth Dole, United States Secretary of Transportation; Jeane Kirkpatrick, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (who delivered her now-famous "Blame America First" speech [2]); and Congressman Jack Kemp of Buffalo, New York.

The convention also included a valedictory address by retiring Lee Greenwood was also featured, and sang God Bless the USA, as it had debuted that year.


  • Nomination talleys 1
  • Security 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Nomination talleys

Having run without opposition, President Reagan was nominated unanimously on the roll call vote. To save time, the Vice Presidential vote was held simultaneously, with Vice President Bush receiving 2,042 votes and Jack Kemp and Anne Armstrong receiving one vote each. This would be the last Vice Presidential tally at a Republican Convention during the 20th century.


The convention was recruited to Dallas by the chairman of the host committee, later Texas state Republican chairman, Fred Meyer, a Dallas business who was then the president of the Tyler Corporation.[3]

The Anatole Hotel complex near downtown. Key commanders of the security plan included:

President Reagan
  • Convention Security Commander - Assistant Chief Leslie Sweet
  • Field Operations Commander - Deputy Chief William Newman
  • Headquarters Hotel Commander - Captain Doug Sword
  • Intelligence Commander - Captain Greg Holliday
  • Convention Center Commander - Captain Dwight Walker
  • Detention Services Commander - Captain Frank Hearron
  • Dignitary Protection Commander - Captain John Holt
  • Traffic Control Commander - Captain T.D. Tolleson
  • Demonstration Management Commander - Captain Ray Hawkins
  • Support Services Commander - Captain John Squier
  • Presidential Hotel Response Team Commander - Lieutenant Rick Stone[4]

The only incident of any consequence to occur during the convention was when the so-called Yippies made their last headlines. On Wednesday, August 22, 1984, a group of protesters calling itself the "Corporate War Chest Tour" conducted a minor theft and vandalism spree against businesses in downtown Dallas. Under the security plan, various police response teams were mobilized consisting primarily of the Demonstration Management teams under the command of Captain Hawkins and the Presidential Hotel Response Teams, commanded by Lieutenant Stone, which were held in reserve on the eastern perimeter of downtown. Dozens of protesters were peacefully arrested including, Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade member Gregory Lee Johnson, who burned a U.S. flag, which had been stolen from a flagpole in front of a downtown building. Johnson was charged with Desecration of Venerated Object, a misdemeanor violation of the Texas Penal Code. He was later convicted and his conviction was upheld at the state level. Johnson appealed the conviction to the federal courts, arguing that burning the flag was protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. The case of Texas v. Johnson was appealed to the United States Supreme Court, which ruled on June 21, 1989 in Johnson's favor and invalidated flag desecration statutes throughout the country. The remains of the charred flag were gathered by a civil servant, Daniel E. Walker of Fort Worth, who buried them according to military protocol in his backyard.[5]


  1. ^ Text of President Reagan's convention speech
  2. ^ "1984 Jeane Kirkpatrick". CNN. 
  3. ^ Gromer Jeffers, Jr., and Joe Simnacher (September 24, 2012). "Fred Meyer, who built Dallas and Texas GOP into dominant force, dies at age 84".  
  4. ^ City of Dallas, Security Plan, 1984 Republican National Convention
  5. ^ """Jan Jarvis, "Humble man gained national attention for burying flag that had been set on fire at protest.  

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Preceded by
Detroit, Michigan
Republican National Conventions Succeeded by
New Orleans, Louisiana
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