Throwback Thursday: RNC Chaos Between Ford / Reagan Campaigns

By  //  March 3, 2016

1976 convention VIDEO: 1976’s Republican National Primary came down to the national convention, when then California Governor and eventual U.S. President Ronald Reagan challenged sitting President Gerald Ford for the party’s nomination. Super delegates ultimately nominated Ford, but the floor vote for the nomination went down in history as the most contentious in the party’s history.

Held in Kemper Arena in Kansas City,Missouri, the convention nominated President Gerald Ford for a full term, but only after narrowly defeating a strong challenge from former California Governor Ronald Reagan. The convention also nominated Senator Robert J. Dole of Kansas for Vice President, instead of Vice President Nelson Rockefeller. The keynote address was delivered by Tennessee Senator Howard Baker.

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