1980 Republican National Convention


1980 Republican National Convention

Infobox National Political Convention
year = 1980


caption=Party nominee Governor Ronald Reagan stands at the podium with his wife, First Lady of California Nancy Reagan
party = Republican
date = July 14 - July 17
venue = Joe Louis Arena
city = Detroit, Michigan
presidential_nominee = Ronald Reagan
presidential_nominee_state = California
vice_presidential_nominee = George H. W. Bush
vice_presidential_nominee_state = Texas
The 1980 National Convention of the Republican Party of the United States convened at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan, from July 14 to July 17, 1980. The 32nd Republican National Convention nominated former Governor Ronald W. Reagan of California for President of the United States and former congressman George H. W. Bush of Texas for Vice President. Reagan, running on the theme "Make America Great Again," stayed in Detroit Renaissance Center, at the time the world's tallest hotel, and delivered his acceptance speech at Joe Louis Arena.

During the convention, the possibility of choosing former president Gerald Ford as the vice-presidential nominee was given at least some consideration. Ford asked for certain powers and prerogatives that has been described as making Ford a co-president. This included the return of Henry Kissinger as Secretary of State and the appointment of Alan Greenspan as Secretary of the Treasury. The two sides could not agree and ultimately, George Bush was chosen less than 24 hours before the ticket was announced. [http://www.hoover.org/publications/digest/3492521.html]

The Reagan-Bush ticket went on to win the 1980 presidential election by a landslide victory.

ee also

* Republican Party presidential primaries, 1980
* 1980 Democratic National Convention
* United States presidential election, 1980
* List of Republican National Conventions
* United States presidential nominating convention

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