1980 Republican National Convention
1980 Presidential Election
Reagan and Bush
|Date(s)||July 14–July 17, 1980|
|Venue||Joe Louis Arena|
|Keynote speaker||Guy Vander Jagt|
|Presidential nominee||Ronald Reagan of California|
|Vice Presidential nominee||Texas|
The 1980 National Convention of the Texas for Vice President. Reagan, running on the theme "Make America Great Again," stayed in Detroit's Renaissance Center, at the time the world's tallest hotel, and delivered his acceptance speech at Joe Louis Arena. It remains the only major party national political convention to have been held in Detroit.
- Presidential vote 1
The Vice Presidential slot 2
- Gerald Ford and a possible "co-presidency" 2.1
- The vice presidential vote 2.2
- See also 3
- References 4
- External links 5
Under rules devised by the Nixon administration in 1972, only one candidate was permitted to have his name placed in nomination: Ronald Reagan. Thus thwarting an attempt by John B. Anderson to have a speaker at the convention. John Connally's expensive campaign yielded only one delegate, (still the most expensive in history to date), who loyally stood by her man to the end.
|Republican National Convention Presidential nominee vote, 1980|
|John B. Anderson||37||1.86%|
|George H. W. Bush||13||0.65%|
|John B. Connally and Anne Armstrong||1 each||0.05%|
The Vice Presidential slot
The Vice Presidential slot was the subject of some high drama which threatened to change the face government forever, but in the end didn't.
Gerald Ford and a possible "co-presidency"
During the convention, the possibility of choosing former president
Kansas City, Missouri
|Republican National Conventions||
- Ronald Reagan's nomination acceptance speech
- "It's Reagan plus Bush". New Strait Times. 18 July 1980. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
- "Address Accepting the Presidential Nomination at the Republican National Convention in Detroit". Presidency.ucb.edu. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
- "US President - R Convention Race - Jul 14, 1980". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2011-01-22.
- Allen, Richard V. "How the Bush Dynasty Almost Wasn't | Hoover Institution". Hoover.org. Retrieved 2011-01-22.
- "US Vice President - R Convention Race - Jul 14, 1980". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2011-01-22.
- Republican Party presidential primaries, 1980
- 1980 Democratic National Convention
- United States presidential election, 1980
- List of Republican National Conventions
- United States presidential nominating convention
|Republican National Convention Vice-Presidential nominee vote, 1980|
|George H. W. Bush||1,832||93.33%|
|James R. Thompson||5||0.26%|
|John M. Ashbrook, Howard Baker, Henry J. Hyde, Donald Rumsfeld, Eugene Schroeder, William E. Simon and Guy Vander Jagt Ron Paul||1 each||0.04% each|
The following had their names placed in nomination:
Even though former Governor Reagan had taken the unprecedented step of announcing his VP choice from the podium of the convention itself, some delegates still resented Bush for having the effrontery to beat their hero in a number of primaries, and especially the Iowa caucuses. There was some scattering, and a minor challenge, which as seen below, went nowhere. This would be the last time during the 20th century that the bottom half of the ticket would be contested, as the rules would be changed in 1988 to prevent this from happening.
The vice presidential vote
Reagan chose Bush as the Republican vice presidential candidate.