Monday, July 17, 2017

July 17, 1980: Reagan's wonderful nomination speech





It was Detroit, Michigan.

It was the evening of July 17, 1980.

It was Ronald Reagan accepting the Republican nomination.   I could not get in as a delegate so I watched on TV. (I did manage to get in 1984 when the Republican convention was in Dallas!)

The Reagan-Bush ticket won 41 states in 1980 and 49 states in the 1984 reelection.

During the speech, Mrs. Reagan sat by him and she looked great.

President & Mrs. Ford were in the audience and cheered along with the delegates..

Reagan had considered Ford as VP.    It was thankfully shot down as a constitutional nightmare.   Eventually, Ford pushed for Bush to be the VP nominee.   

By 1980, President Ford was extremely popular. I guess that 4 years of Pres. Carter will do that to any Republican, specially the one he narrowly defeated in 1976.

Future VP Bush, his 1980 running mate, was by his side, too.   Future President George W Bush and Laura were sitting behind his parents.

I don't know.   Is this the first time that 3 future presidents have been on a convention stage? It'd be an interesting research project!

It was Reagan at his best.   He was optimistic and patriotic.   I still love this speech so years later!

By the way, 1980 was the result of something that started in 1976, or the day after President Ford lost the election.




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