1984 Republican National Convention
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August 20- August 23
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George H. W. Bush
The 1984 National Convention of the Republican Party of the
United Statesconvened on August 20to August 23, 1984, at Reunion Arenain downtownDallas, Texas. The convention nominated the incumbent Ronald Reaganof Californiafor President of the United Statesand incumbent George H. W. Bushof Texas for Vice President.
It was the thirty-third GOP presidential nominating convention, the first Republican convention held in Texas (indeed, the first Republican convention in the South outside
Florida), and the first and only convention of either party held in Dallas.
Reagan's popularity had rebounded after the
early 1980s recession, and he became the first incumbent president since Lyndon B. Johnsonin 1964to run without serious opposition in the primary. The keynote addresson August 20was delivered by Katherine Ortega, Treasurer of the United States. Other speakers included Elizabeth Dole, United States Secretary of Transportation; Jeane Kirkpatrick, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (who delivered her now-famous "Blame America First" speech); and Congressman Jack Kempof Buffalo, New York.
The convention also included a valedictory address by retiring U.S. Senator
Barry Goldwaterof Arizona. Goldwater was widely credited as the political founder of the New Rightin the United States, of which Reagan was the political heir, and indeed Reagan had gained notice for his " [http://www.reaganfoundation.org/reagan/speeches/rendezvous.asp A Time for Choosing] " speech supporting Goldwater in October of 1964.
The so-called Yippies made their last headlines during the convention. On the Wednesday of the convention a group of protesters calling itself the "Corporate War Chest Tour" conducted a paint-splattering spree against businesses in downtown Dallas. One protester,
Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigademember Gregory Lee Johnson, burned an U.S. flag, and was arrested for flag desecration. Johnson challenged the arrest, arguing that burning the flag was protected by the First Amendmentto the United States Constitution. The case of " Texas v. Johnson" was appealed to the United States Supreme Court, which ruled on June 21, 1989in Johnson's favor and invalidated flag desecration statutes throughout the country.
* CNN: [http://www.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/1996/conventions/san.diego/facts/GOP.speeches.past/84.kirkpatrick.shtml Address on Foreign Policy] delivered
August 20by Jeane Kirkpatrick, Ambassadorto the United Nations
C-SPAN: [rtsp://video.c-span.org/project/c04/c04072904_reagan84.rm Acceptance Speech] delivered August 23by President Reagan
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