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1988 Republican National Convention

1988 Republican National Convention
1988 Presidential Election
Bush and Quayle
Date(s) August 15–August 18, 1988
City New Orleans, Louisiana
Venue Louisiana Superdome
Keynote speaker Thomas Kean
Presidential nominee Texas
Vice Presidential nominee Dan Quayle of Indiana

The 1988 Republican National Convention of the Virginia Martinez of New Orleans, who lobbied on behalf of her adopted home city as the convention site as a member of the RNC Executive Committee.[1]

Ronald and Nancy Reagan address the 1988 Republican National Convention in the Superdome

The President, as expected. The second spot on the ticket was not publicly known before the convention; James Danforth "Dan" Quayle, U.S. Senator of Indiana, was selected as Bush's vice-presidential running mate. The revelation of Quayle's selection as running mate did not come until the second day of the convention, when NBC News broke the story.

The convention featured speeches by Joe Paterno, Pat Robertson, a keynote address by Thomas Kean, then-governor of New Jersey, and the music of the Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra.

It is worth noting that famous actress Helen Hayes attended the conference at age 88.


  • Speakers 1
  • Voting 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4


The Louisiana Superdome was the site of the 1988 Republican National Convention

The convention is perhaps best known for Bush's "thousand points of light" speech[2] accepting the nomination. Written by Peggy Noonan and Craig R. Smith, it included the "read my lips: no new taxes" pledge that was the most popular sound bite coming out of the convention. The successful speech gave him a "bounce" that he was able to capitalize on to win the 1988 presidential election.

President Ronald and Nancy Reagan were honored on August 14. Reagan made a major speech[3] on the opening night of the convention, as he would for the last time in 1992.

Other speakers included Bob Dole, Elizabeth Dole, Arizona junior senator John McCain, Jeane Kirkpatrick and former President Gerald Ford.

Dan Quayle made a speech that put him on the national stage, on August 15.


Vice President Bush was nominated without opposition during the roll call vote, but with rumblings of opposition to the Quayle nomination, it was decided to have it ratified by voice vote, something that the Republicans had never done before.

Preceded by
Dallas, Texas
New Orleans, Louisiana
Succeeded by
Houston, Texas

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ Address Accepting the Presidential Nomination at the Republican National Convention in New Orleans; August 18, 1988; by George H. W. Bush
  3. ^ Reagan's speech at the 1988 Convention
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