The Republican National Convention


Published:

1980Detroit put on a grand old party when it hosted the Republican National Convention 30 years ago this month. From July 14 until July 17, 1980, Joe Louis Arena was packed with party loyalists, including such celebrities as Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor. Delegates nominated Ronald Reagan for president and George Herbert Walker Bush as vice president. Here, Reagan and future First Lady Nancy bask in the crowd’s adulation. The convention had its dramatic moments because of the mystery surrounding the vice-presidential selection, which Reagan didn’t announce until the convention’s final day. Former President Gerald Ford was entertaining the possibility of accepting the number-two position, but he had certain stipulations about whom he wanted in cabinet posts. Disappointed, Reagan settled on Bush, who learned of his selection late in the evening of July 16. Bush was in his suite at the Hotel Pontchartrain when Reagan called him with the good news. (Reagan was staying at what was then the Westin Hotel in the Renaissance Center.) In his acceptance speech, Reagan thanked Detroit for its “warm hospitality.” The Reagan-Bush ticket went on to trounce incumbent President Jimmy Carter in November, with independent John Anderson placing a distant third. Reagan and Bush were re-elected in 1984, and Bush himself became president in 1988.

Edit Module
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Content

An Hour with... Cindy Estrada

United Auto Workers' Vice President brings a fresh face to the union.

Making a Movement

Paxahau celebrates a decade of keeping Detroit’s Movement electronic music festival running.

The Way It Was

On Opening Day in 1911, the Tigers locked horns with the Chicago White Sox during a raging snowstorm.

Now Showing

Freep Film Festival brings Detroit to the big screen.

An Hour with Fayrouz Saad

Detroit’s Immigrant Affairs Director
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Is My Beer Supposed to Taste Like This?
    Recognizing the off-flavor is the key to determining where in the chain something may have gone...
  2. An American in Champagne
    A visit to France brings concepts learned here to life