- 1988 Republican National Convention
Infobox National Political Convention
year = 1988
party = Republican
image_size = 250
caption = Ronald and
Nancy Reaganat the podium on August 15, 1988.
August 15- August 18
city = New Orleans,
George H. W. Bush
The 1988 National Convention of the Republican Party of the
United Stateswas held in the Louisiana Superdomein New Orleans, Louisianafrom August 15to August 18, 1988. It was the second time that a major party held its conclave in one of the five states known as the Deep South, coming on the heels of the 1988 Democratic National Convention, which was held in Atlanta, Georgia. Much of the impetus for holding the convention in the Superdome came from the Louisiana Republican National Committeewoman 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. [http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/la/orleans/obits/1/m-07.txt]
The convention nominated Vice President
George H. W. Bushfor President, as expected. The second spot on the ticket was not publicly known before the convention; Bush chose Fact|date=March 2008 James Danforth "Dan" Quayle, U.S. Senator of Indiana, as his vice-presidential running mate. The revelation of Quayle's selection as running matedid not come until the second day of the convention, when NBCNews broke the story.
The convention featured speeches by
Joe Paterno, Pat Robertson, and a keynote address by Thomas Kean, then governor of New Jersey.
The convention is perhaps best known for Bush's "thousand points of light" speech accepting the nomination. Written by
Peggy Noonan, it included the "" pledge that was the most popular sound bitecoming out of the convention. The successful speech gave him a "bounce" that he was able to capitalize on to win the 1988 presidential election.
President Ronald and
Nancy Reaganwere honored on August 14. Reagan made a major speech on the opening night of the convention, as he would for the last time in 1992.
1988 Democratic National Convention
* [http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1988/081588b.htm Reagan's speech at the 1988 Convention]
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