1988 Republican National Convention
1988 Presidential Election
Bush and Quayle
|Date(s)||August 15–August 18, 1988|
|City||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Keynote speaker||Thomas Kean|
|Vice Presidential nominee||Dan Quayle of Indiana|
The 1988 Republican National Convention of the Virginia Martinez of New Orleans, who lobbied on behalf of her adopted home city as the convention site as a member of the RNC Executive Committee.
The President, as expected. The second spot on the ticket was not publicly known before the convention; James Danforth "Dan" Quayle, U.S. Senator of Indiana, was selected as Bush's vice-presidential running mate. The revelation of Quayle's selection as running mate did not come until the second day of the convention, when NBC News broke the story.
It is worth noting that famous actress Helen Hayes attended the conference at age 88.
- Speakers 1
- Voting 2
- See also 3
- References 4
The convention is perhaps best known for Bush's "thousand points of light" speech accepting the nomination. Written by Peggy Noonan and Craig R. Smith, it included the "read my lips: no new taxes" pledge that was the most popular sound bite coming out of the convention. The successful speech gave him a "bounce" that he was able to capitalize on to win the 1988 presidential election.
Dan Quayle made a speech that put him on the national stage, on August 15.
Vice President Bush was nominated without opposition during the roll call vote, but with rumblings of opposition to the Quayle nomination, it was decided to have it ratified by voice vote, something that the Republicans had never done before.
New Orleans, Louisiana
- Address Accepting the Presidential Nomination at the Republican National Convention in New Orleans; August 18, 1988; by George H. W. Bush
- Reagan's speech at the 1988 Convention