2000 Republican National Convention

2000 Republican National Convention

Infobox National Political Convention
year = 2000
party = Republican

caption =
date = July 31 - August 3
venue = First Union Center
city = Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
presidential_nominee = George W. Bush
presidential_nominee_state = Texas
vice_presidential_nominee = Dick Cheney
vice_presidential_nominee_state = Wyoming

The 2000 National Convention of the Republican Party of the United States convened at the Wachovia Center (then the First Union Center) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from July 31 to August 3, 2000. The 2066 delegates assembled at the convention nominated Texas Governor George W. Bush as the Republican candidate for U.S. President and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Richard B. "Dick" Cheney for Vice President.

Political context

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.

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. The vote tally was: [http://www.thegreenpapers.com/PCC/R.html]

* George W. Bush – 2,058
* Alan Keyes - 6
* John McCain - 1
* Abstention - 1

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

* Colin Powell, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
* Elaine Chao, former president of the United Way of America and wife of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell from Kentucky

August 1

* John McCain, U.S. Senator from Arizona
* Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr., retired general and allied commander during the 1991 Persian Gulf War
* Bob Dole, former U.S. Senator from Kansas and 1996 nominee
* Condoleezza Rice, professor of political science and former provost of Stanford University
* Laura Bush, school librarian and wife of George W. Bush
* Elizabeth Dole, former Secretary of Labor

August 2

* Lynne Cheney, former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities and wife of Dick Cheney
* Dick Cheney, former U.S. Secretary of Defense

August 3

* George W. Bush, governor of Texas

Other attendees

* Henry Bonilla
* Barbara Bush (Former First Lady)
* George H. W. Bush (Former President)
* George P. Bush (Son of Jeb Bush)
* Andrew Card (Former United States Secretary of Transportation)
* Bo Derek
* Jennifer Dunn
* Gerald Ford (Former President)
* Bill Frist (Senator from Tennessee)
* Chuck Hagel (Senator from Nebraska)
* Melissa Hart (Congresswoman from Pennsylvania)
* Dennis Hastert (Speaker of the United States House of Representatives)
* Dwayne Johnson (The Rock)
* Lorrie Morgan (country music recording artist)
* Trent Lott (Senate Majority Leader)
* Sue Myrick
* Jim Nicholson (RNC Chairman)
* Nancy Reagan (Former First Lady)
* Richard J. Riordan
* Rick Schroder
* Tommy Thompson (Governor of Wisconsin)
* J.C. Watts
* Bruce Willis (Actor)
* Steve Young

ee also

* 2000 Democratic National Convention

San Diego, California
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New York, New York

External links

* PBS Online NewsHour: [http://www.pbs.org/newshour/election2000/gopconvention/ Republican Convention 2000] , archive including transcripts, analysis, interviews, photographs, and streaming audio/video.
* CNN AllPolitics: [http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2000/conventions/republican/ Republican Convention 2000] , archived facts, news, speech transcripts, party platform, and links

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