1984 Republican National Convention

The 1984 National Convention of the Republican Party of the United States convened on August 20 to August 23, 1984, at Dallas Convention Center in downtown Dallas, Texas. The convention nominated President Ronald W. Reagan and [1] Vice President George H. W. Bush for reelection.

It was the thirty-third GOP presidential nominating convention, the first Republican convention held in Texas (the first Republican convention in the South outside Florida), and the 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. Johnson in 1964 to run without serious opposition in the primary. The keynote address on August 20 was 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 [2]); and Representative Jack Kemp of Buffalo, New York.

The convention also included a valedictory address by retiring U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona. Goldwater was widely credited as the political founder of the New Right in the United States, of which Reagan was the political heir, and Reagan had gained notice for his "A Time for Choosing" speech supporting Goldwater in October 1964. Vice President George H.W. Bush gave a powerful address, some believing it debuted him as the de facto nominee of the GOP in 1988. President Reagan spoke after, and addressed the nation and the party on the future and highlighted the "Morning in America". Country singer Lee Greenwood was also featured, and sang "God Bless the USA," which had been released earlier that year.

1984 Republican National Convention
1984 presidential election
Reagan and Bush
Date(s)August 20–23, 1984
CityDallas, Texas
VenueDallas Convention Center
Keynote speakerKatherine D. Ortega
Presidential nomineeRonald Reagan of California
Vice Presidential nomineeGeorge Bush of Texas
Palacio de Convenciones en Dallas
The Dallas Convention Center was the site of the 1984 Republican National Convention
President Reagan and Vice-President Bush at the Republican National Convention, Dallas, TX - NARA - 198555
Reagan and Bush at the convention

Nomination talleys

Having run without opposition, President Reagan was nominated unanimously on the roll call vote. To save time, the Vice Presidential vote was held simultaneously, with Vice President Bush receiving 2,042 votes and Jack Kemp and Anne Armstrong receiving one vote each. This would be the last Vice Presidential tally at a Republican Convention during the 20th century.


The convention was recruited to Dallas by the chairman of the host committee, later Texas state Republican chairman, Fred Meyer, a Dallas business who was then the president of the Tyler Corporation.[3]

The Dallas Police Department, under Police Chief Billy Prince, was charged with providing security for the convention, including that of the delegates, President Ronald Reagan, and Vice President George H.W. Bush. Security planning, preparations and training for the event began in the police department a year in advance of the convention. President Reagan and Vice President Bush were scheduled to be housed in separate towers of the Anatole Hotel complex near downtown. Key commanders of the security plan included:

President Reagan
  • Convention Security Commander - Assistant Chief Leslie Sweet
  • Field Operations Commander - Deputy Chief William Newman
  • Headquarters Hotel Commander - Captain Doug Sword
  • Intelligence Commander - Captain Greg Holliday
  • Convention Center Commander - Captain Dwight Walker
  • Detention Services Commander - Captain Frank Hearron
  • Dignitary Protection Commander - Captain John Holt
  • Traffic Control Commander - Captain T.D. Tolleson
  • Demonstration Management Commander - Captain Ray Hawkins
  • Support Services Commander - Captain John Squier
  • Presidential Hotel Response Team Commander - Lieutenant Rick Stone[4]

The only incident of any consequence to occur during the convention was when the so-called Yippies made their last headlines. On Wednesday, August 22, 1984, a group of protesters calling itself the "Corporate War Chest Tour" conducted a minor theft and vandalism spree against businesses in downtown Dallas. Under the security plan, various police response teams were mobilized consisting primarily of the Demonstration Management teams under the command of Captain Hawkins and the Presidential Hotel Response Teams, commanded by Lieutenant Stone, which were held in reserve on the eastern perimeter of downtown. Dozens of protesters were peacefully arrested including, Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade member Gregory Lee Johnson, who burned a U.S. flag, which had been stolen from a flagpole in front of a downtown building. Johnson was charged with Desecration of Venerated Object, a misdemeanor violation of the Texas Penal Code. He was later convicted and his conviction was upheld at the state level. Johnson appealed the conviction to the federal courts, arguing that burning the flag was protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. The case of Texas v. Johnson was appealed to the United States Supreme Court, which ruled on June 21, 1989, in Johnson's favor and invalidated flag desecration statutes throughout the country. The remains of the charred flag were gathered by a civil servant, Daniel E. Walker of Fort Worth, who buried them according to military protocol in his backyard.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Text of President Reagan's convention speech http://millercenter.org/president/speeches/detail/3411 Archived 2012-05-09 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "1984 Jeane Kirkpatrick". CNN.
  3. ^ Gromer Jeffers, Jr.; Joe Simnacher (September 24, 2012). "Fred Meyer, who built Dallas and Texas GOP into dominant force, dies at age 84". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved March 18, 2015.
  4. ^ City of Dallas, Security Plan, 1984 Republican National Convention
  5. ^ "Jan Jarvis, "Humble man gained national attention for burying flag that had been set on fire at protest"". Fort Worth Star-Telegram, September 16, 2009. Retrieved September 22, 2009.

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Texas United States Senate election, 1964 (Republican primary):

George H. W. Bush – 62,985 (44.08%)

Jack Cox – 45,561 (31.89%)

Robert J. Morris – 28,279 (19.79%)

Milton Davis – 6,067 (4.25%)Texas United States Senate election, 1964 (Republican primary runoff):

George H. W. Bush – 49,751 (62.12%)

Jack Cox – 30,333 (37.88%)Texas United States Senate election, 1964:

Ralph Yarborough (D) (inc.) – 1,463,958 (56.22%)

George H. W. Bush (R) – 1,134,337 (43.56%)

Jack Carswell (Constitution) – 5,542 (0.21%)Texas' 7th congressional district, 1966:

George H. W. Bush (R) – 53,756 (57.07%)

Frank Briscoe (D) – 39,958 (42.42%)

Bob Gray (Constitution) – 488 (0.52%)Texas' 7th congressional district, 1968:

George H. W. Bush (R) (inc.) – 110,455 (100.00%)Texas United States Senate election, 1970 (Republican primary):

George H. W. Bush – 96,806 (87.64%)

Robert J. Morris – 13,654 (12.36%)Texas United States Senate election, 1970:

Lloyd Bentsen (D) – 1,194,069 (53.55%)

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Ronald Reagan – 7,709,793 (59.79%)

George H. W. Bush – 3,070,033 (23.81%)

John B. Anderson – 1,572,174 (12.19%)

Howard Baker – 181,153 (1.41%)

Phil Crane – 97,793 (0.76%)

John Connally – 82,625 (0.64%)

Unpledged delegates – 68,155 (0.53%)

Ben Fernandez – 25,520 (0.20%)

Harold Stassen – 25,425 (0.20%)

Gerald Ford – 10,557 (0.08%)

Bob Dole – 7,204 (0.06%)

Others – 33,217 (0.26%)1980 Republican National Convention (Presidential tally):

Ronald Reagan – 1,939 (97.44%)

John B. Anderson – 37 (1.86%)

George H. W. Bush – 13 (0.65%)

Anne Armstrong – 1 (0.05%)1980 Republican National Convention (Vice Presidential tally):

George H. W. Bush – 1,832 (93.33%)

Jesse Helms – 54 (2.75%)

Jack Kemp – 42 (2.14%)

Phil Crane – 23 (1.17%)

James R. Thompson – 5 (0.26%)

John M. Ashbrook – 1 (0.05%)

Howard Baker – 1 (0.05%)

Henry J. Hyde – 1 (0.05%)

Donald Rumsfeld – 1 (0.05%)

Eugene Schroeder – 1 (0.05%)

William E. Simon – 1 (0.05%)

Guy Vander Jagt – 1 (0.05%)United States presidential election, 1980

Ronald Reagan/George H. W. Bush (R) – 43,903,230 (50.7%) and 489 electoral votes (44 states carried)

Jimmy Carter/Walter Mondale (D) (inc.) – 35,480,115 (41.0%) and 49 electoral votes (6 states and D.C. carried)

John B. Anderson/Patrick Joseph Lucey (I) – 5,719,850 (6.6%)

Ed Clark/David H. Koch (Libertatian) – 921,128 (1.1%)

Barry Commoner/LaDonna Harris (Citizens) – 233,052 (0.3%)

John Rarick/Eileen Shearer (American Independent) – 40,906 (0.0%)

Ellen McCormack/Carroll Driscoll (Right to Life) – 32,320 (0.0%)

Others – 252,303 (0.3%)1984 Republican National Convention (Vice Presidential tally):

George H. W. Bush (inc.) – 2,231 (99.82%)

Abstaining – 2 (0.09%)

Jack Kemp – 1 (0.05%)

Jeane Kirkpatrick – 1 (0.05%)United States presidential election, 1984

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Walter Mondale/Geraldine Ferraro (D) – 37,577,352 (40.6%) and 13 electoral votes (1 state and D.C. carried)

David Bergland/James A. Lewis (Libertarian) – 228,111 (0.3%)

Others – 392,298 (0.4%)1988 Republican presidential primaries:

George H. W. Bush – 8,258,512 (67.91%)

Bob Dole – 2,333,375 (19.19%)

Pat Robertson – 1,097,446 (9.02%)

Jack Kemp – 331,333 (2.72%)

Unpledged – 56,990 (0.47%)

Pierre S. du Pont, IV – 49,783 (0.41%)

Alexander M. Haig – 26,619 (0.22%)

Harold Stassen – 2,682 (0.02%)1988 Republican National Convention (Presidential tally):

George H. W. Bush – 2,277 (100.00%)United States presidential election, 1988

George H. W. Bush/Dan Quayle (R) – 48,886,597 (53.4%) and 426 electoral votes (40 states carried)

Michael Dukakis/Lloyd Bentsen (D) – 41,809,476 (45.6%) and 111 electoral votes (10 states and D.C. carried)

Lloyd Bentsen/Michael Dukakis (D) – 1 electoral vote (West Virginia's faithless elector)

Ron Paul/Andre Marrou (Libertarian) – 431,750 (0.5%)

Lenora Fulani (New Alliance) – 217,221 (0.2%)

Others – 249,642 (0.3%)1992 Republican presidential primaries:

George H. W. Bush (inc.) – 9,199,463 (72.84%)

Pat Buchanan – 2,899,488 (22.96%)

Unpledged – 287,383 (2.28%)

David Duke – 119,115 (0.94%)

Ross Perot – 56,136 (0.44%)

Pat Paulsen – 10,984 (0.09%)

Maurice Horton – 9,637 (0.08%)

Harold Stassen – 8,099 (0.06%)1992 Republican National Convention (Presidential tally):

George H. W. Bush (inc.) – 2,189 (99.05%)

Pat Buchanan – 18 (0.81%)

Howard Phillips – 2 (0.09%)

Alan Keyes – 1 (0.05%)1992 New York State Right to Life Party Convention:

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Bill Clinton/Al Gore (D) – 44,909,806 (43.0%) and 370 electoral votes (32 states and D.C. carried)

George H. W. Bush/Dan Quayle (R) (inc.) – 39,104,550 (37.4%) and 168 electoral votes (18 states carried)

Ross Perot/James Stockdale (I) – 19,743,821 (18.9%)

Andre Marrou/Nancy Lord (Libertarian) – 290,087 (0.3%)

Bo Gritz/Cy Minett (Populist) – 106,152 (0.1%)

Lenora Fulani/Maria Muñoz (New Alliance) – 73,622 (0.07%)

Howard Phillips/Albion Knight, Jr. (Taxpayers) – 43,369 (0.04%)

Others – 152,516 (0.13%)

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Having been elected twice to the presidency, Reagan reshaped the Republican party, led the modern conservative movement, and altered the political dynamic of the United States. His 1980 presidential campaign stressed some of his fundamental principles: lower taxes to stimulate the economy, less government interference in people's lives, states' rights, and a strong national defense.During his presidency, Reagan pursued policies that reflected his personal belief in individual freedom, brought changes domestically, both to the U.S. economy and expanded military, and contributed to the end of the Cold War. Termed the Reagan Revolution, his presidency would reinvigorate American morale, reinvigorate the American economy and reduce American reliance upon government.In addition to this, Reagan was the oldest person ever elected to the presidency, at the age of 69 on the date of his first presidential election victory in 1980. He was surpassed in 2016 by Donald Trump as the oldest person first elected to the presidency, but Reagan currently remains the oldest person ever elected president, in 1984 at 73.

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