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1988 Republican National Convention
1988 Presidential Election
George H. W. Bush, President of the United States, 1989 official portrait.jpg Quayle.jpg
Date(s) August 15 - August 18
City New Orleans, Louisiana
Venue Louisiana Superdome
Presidential Nominee George H. W. Bush of Texas
Vice Presidential Nominee Dan Quayle of Indiana
1984  ·  1992

The 1988 National Convention of the Republican Party of the United States was held in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana from August 15 to 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.[1]

Ronald and Nancy Reagan address the 1988 Republican National Convention in the Superdome

The convention nominated Vice President George H. W. Bush for President, as expected. The second spot on the ticket was not publicly known before the convention; Bush chose James Danforth "Dan" Quayle, U.S. Senator of Indiana, as his vice-presidential running mate. The revelation of Quayle's selection as running mate did not come until the second day of the convention, when NBC News broke the story.

The convention featured speeches by Joe Paterno, Pat Robertson, a keynote address by Thomas Kean, then-governor of New Jersey, and the music of the Jimmy maxwell orchestra.



The convention is perhaps best known for Bush's "thousand points of light" speech accepting the nomination. Written by Peggy Noonan, it included the "read my lips: no new taxes" pledge that was the most popular sound bite coming 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 Reagan were 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.


The convention adopted a platform for the Republican Party which stated that processes for approving alternatives to animal experimentation in drugs and cosmetics should be made easier.[2]

Preceded by
Dallas, Texas
New Orleans, Louisiana
Succeeded by
Houston, Texas

See also


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  2. ^ Singer, Peter (2002). Animal Liberation. New York, New York: HarperCollins. p. 94. ISBN 0060011572.  

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