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2000 Republican National Convention

2000 Republican National Convention
2000 Presidential Election
Bush and Cheney
Date(s) July 31 - August 3, 2000
City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Venue First Union Center
Presidential nominee Texas
Vice Presidential nominee Dick Cheney of Wyoming
Total delegates 4,335
Votes needed for nomination 2,172
Results (President) Bush (TX): 4,328 (99.61%)
Keyes (MD): 6 (0.29%)
McCain (AZ): 1 (0.05%)
Abstaining: 1 (0.05%)
Ballots 1

The 2000 National Convention of the President and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Richard B. "Dick" Cheney for Vice President.


  • Political context 1
  • Bush's acceptance speech 2
  • Roll call vote 3
  • Speakers 4
    • July 31 4.1
    • August 1 4.2
    • August 2 4.3
    • August 3 4.4
    • Other attendees 4.5
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Political context

The First Union Center, now known as the Wells Fargo Center, was the site of the 2000 Republican National Convention

Bush, eldest son of the 41st president, was identified early as the party establishment's frontrunner and turned back a strong primary challenge from John McCain, a Vietnam War veteran and U.S. Senator from Arizona. At the convention, the party and campaign sought to showcase Bush's slogan of compassionate conservatism to persuade undecided voters.

Bush's acceptance speech

Bush attacked the eight years of the Clinton Administration as weak on defense and military topics, high taxes, underperforming schools and indifferent teachers, high pollution, and a "lack of dignity and respect to the presidency." He attacked the Clinton Administration's military policies, claiming that American troops were "not ready for duty, sir." He also claimed that the Clinton Administration did not provide leadership. He said, "They had their chance. They have not led. We will".

Roll call vote

Instead of holding the roll call of states on one night, the Bush campaign arranged for the voting to take place over four nights, so that Bush would eventually build up support throughout the week, culminating with Cheney's home state of Wyoming finally putting him over the top on the final night. There were few defections, despite a large contingent of delegates having been elected to support McCain, who formally released them to Bush.

Republican National Convention presidential vote, 2000[1]
Candidate Votes Percentage
George W. Bush 2,058 99.61%
Alan Keyes 6 0.29%
John McCain 1 0.05%
Abstentions 1 0.05%
Totals 2,066 100.00%

The convention then voted by acclamation to make the convention nomination unanimous. Cheney's nomination as vice president had also been approved by acclamation on Wednesday night, so Cheney could address the convention later that night as the official nominee.


July 31

August 1

August 2

August 3

Other attendees

See also

Preceded by
San Diego, California
Republican National Conventions Succeeded by
New York, New York


  1. ^ "Republican Convention 2000". The Green Papers. Archived from the original on 6 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 

External links

  • PBS Online NewsHour: Republican Convention 2000, archive including transcripts, analysis, interviews, photographs, and streaming audio/video.
  • CNN AllPolitics: Republican Convention 2000, archived facts, news, speech transcripts, party platform, and links
  • Rocca, Mo. Report From Philly: What's Wrong With Rabble Rousing? A Correspondent For "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" Tried His Best To Ruffle Feathers At The Convention. A Web Exclusive By Mo Rocca. Aug 14, 2000.
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