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1980 Republican National Convention
1980 Presidential Election
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Date(s) July 14 - July 17
City Detroit, Michigan
Venue Joe Louis Arena
Presidential Nominee Ronald Reagan of California
Vice Presidential Nominee George H. W. Bush of Texas
1976  ·  1984

The 1980 National Convention of the Republican Party of the United States convened at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan, from July 14 to July 17, 1980. The 32nd Republican National Convention nominated former Governor Ronald W. Reagan of California for President of the United States and former congressman George H. W. Bush of Texas for Vice President. Reagan, running on the theme "Make America Great Again," stayed in Detroit Renaissance Center, at the time the world's tallest hotel, and delivered his acceptance speech at Joe Louis Arena.

During the convention, the possibility of choosing former president Gerald Ford as the vice-presidential nominee was given at least some consideration. Ford asked for certain powers and prerogatives that has been described as making Ford a co-president. This included the return of Henry Kissinger as Secretary of State and the appointment of Alan Greenspan as Secretary of the Treasury. The two sides could not agree and ultimately, George Bush was chosen less than 24 hours before the ticket was announced. [1]

The Reagan-Bush ticket went on to win the 1980 presidential election by a landslide victory.

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Preceded by
Kansas City, Missouri
Republican National Conventions Succeeded by
Dallas, Texas


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