1968 Republican National Convention


1968 Republican National Convention

Infobox National Political Convention
year = 1968
party = Republican
date = August 5 - August 8
venue = Miami Beach Convention Center
city = Miami Beach, Florida
presidential_nominee = Richard Nixon
presidential_nominee_state = California
vice_presidential_nominee = Spiro Agnew
vice_presidential_nominee_state = Maryland
The 1968 National Convention of the Republican Party of the United States was held in at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Dade County, Florida, from August 5 to August 8 1968.

Richard M. Nixon, former Vice President of the United States under Dwight D. Eisenhower, emerged as the frontrunner for the 1968 Republican Presidential nomination. The "new Nixon" had devised a "Southern Strategy" in which he had help from southern conservatives like South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond. House Minority Leader Gerald Ford proposed New York City Mayor John Lindsay for Vice President but Nixon turned to another man, Maryland Governor Spiro Agnew, who placed Nixon's name in nomination at the convention.

Nixon was nominated on the first ballot with 692 votes to 277 votes for Nelson Rockefeller, 182 votes for California Governor Ronald Reagan and the rest scattered. In his acceptance speech he deplored the state of the union: "When the strongest nation in the world can be tied down for four years in Vietnam with no end in sight, when the richest nation in the world can't manage its own economy, when the nation with the greatest tradition of the rule of law is plagued by unprecedented racial violence, when the President of the United States cannot travel abroad or to any major city at home, then it's time for new leadership for the United States of America." He also said that he had "a good teacher," referring to Eisenhower, and made the delegates happy with the statement "Let's win this one for Ike!" Eisenhower was not present during Nixon's speech nor during any part of the Convention. Because of his health, he was under doctor's orders not to travel. He died the following March.

The Platform

The 1968 GOP party platform was cautious. It promised peace in Vietnam without "peace at any price" or "a camouflaged surrender of U.S or Allied interests," it called for a solution to the "crisis of the cities" with a major role for free enterprise and advocated "law and order" through the allocation of funds free up by the end of the Vietnam War. It also called for the strengthening of the national defense, the reduction of taxes and the meeting of domestic needs.

Candidates for the Presidential Nomination before the GOP Convention

*Former Vice President Richard Nixon (New York)
*Governor Ronald Reagan (California)
*Governor Nelson Rockefeller (New York)
*Governor George Romney (Michigan)
*Governor James A. Rhodes (Ohio)
*Senator Clifford Case (New Jersey)
*Senator Frank Carlson (Kansas)
*Governor Winthrop Rockefeller (Arkansas)
*Senator Hiram Fong (Hawaii)
*Former Governor of Minnesota Harold Stassen (Pennsylvania)
*NYC Mayor John Lindsay (New York)
*Governor John Volpe (Massachusetts)

Balloting for the nominations before the GOP Convention

National Committee officers

*Ray C. Bliss, chairman
*Mary Brooks, assistant chairman
*Mrs. Collis P. Moore, vice-chairman
*Donald R. Ross, vice-chairman
*Alice Sheets Marriott , vice-chairman (wife to J. Willard Marriott)
*J. Drake Edens, Jr., vice-chairman
*Mrs. Consuelo Northrop Bailey, secretary
*J. William Middendorf II, treasurer
*Fred C. Scribner, Jr., general counsel

ee also

* 1968 Democratic National Convention
* United States presidential election, 1968Sequence
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