, Texas
Reunion Arena
August 20th - 23rd 1984

Presidential Nominee:
Ronald W. Reagan of California
Vice Presidential Nominee:
George H. W. Bush of Texas
 
This was the year of the Reagan, and Reagan swept through all and sundry like a hot knife through butter. Reagan's nomination as the Presidential candidate for the Republican Party and a win in the Presidential election thereafter were widely predicted by almost everyone, Democrats including, and Reagan did not disappoint.

The primaries that had just ended saw Reagan blitzing his rivals to oblivion, as Ben Fernandez (Chairman of the Republican Hispanic Assembly) and Harold Stassen (former Governor of Minnesota) looked in shocked silence. In the end, Reagan carried the endorsement of 2,233 out of the 2,235 delegates with him to the convention (with the other two delegates abstaining), and winning 98.78% of the votes along the way.

The 33rd Republican Convention was held in the Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas, from August 20 to August 23, 1984. This was the first ever convention held in the Republican spiritual background of Texas. The convention begun by the official nomination of President Reagan as the Republican party presidential candidate amidst great fanfare by the grassroots that were firmly anticipating a second term for the actor turned politician. Reagan, in his acceptance speech, announced his running mate, in another formality, as former CIA Director and his current vice president, George H.W. Bush.

The carnival like atmosphere of the convention was briefly jolted back to reality when the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Jeane Kirkpatrick, a staunch anti-communist and a member of the so-called Republican New Right, delivered her now legendary "America First" speech. In a clear reference to the liberals, she censured their perceived lack of patriotism and their apparent tendency in casting blame on America for every external conflict the country faces. Observers speculated that her passionate speech and the reception it received from the delegates were probably due to the flag burning incident by Gregory Johnson, a noted member of the Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade.

On the second day of the convention, the Republican Party released their party platform, which was unnecessarily populist in nature (considering Reagan's popularity), promising the always crowd pleasing tax cuts, a more balanced budget and the rejection of the quota based affirmative action system. The party did not forget its more conservative support base by promising a more robust approach in dealing with the Soviet Union and a proposal to pursue a legislative amendment to ban abortion.

A few months after the convention, Reagan secured his second term by humiliating his Democrat challenger, Walter Mondale, by winning 49 of the 50 states and securing 525 of the 538 electoral votes. It was the highest ever tally for a presidential election, leaving Mondale with a miserable 13 votes, with most of it coming from the District of Colombia and his home ground in Minnesota. It was indeed the year of the Reagan.



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