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2000 Republican National Convention

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Vice Presidential nominee
Dick Cheney of Wyoming

2000 Republican National Convention

July 31 – August 3, 2000

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Presidential nominee
George W. Bush of Texas

The 2000 National Convention of the Republican Party of the United States convened at the First Union Center (now the Wells Fargo Center) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from July 31 to August 3, 2000. The 2066 delegates assembled at the convention nominated Texas Governor George W. Bush for President and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Richard B. "Dick" Cheney for Vice President.


Political context

Bush, eldest son of the 41st president, was identified early as the party establishment's frontrunner and turned back a strong primary challenge from John McCain, a Vietnam War veteran and U.S. Senator from Arizona. At the convention, the party and campaign sought to showcase Bush's slogan of compassionate conservatism to persuade undecided voters.

Bush's acceptance speech

Bush attacked the eight years of the Clinton Administration as weak on defense and military topics, high taxes, underperforming schools and indifferent teachers, high pollution, and a "lack of dignity and respect to the presidency." He attacked the Clinton Administration's military policies, claiming that American troops were "not ready for duty, sir." He also claimed that the Clinton Administration did not provide leadership. He said, "They had their chance. They have not led. We will".

Roll call vote

Instead of holding the roll call of states on one night, the Bush campaign arranged for the voting to take place over four nights, so that Bush would eventually build up support throughout the week, culminating with Cheney's home state of Wyoming finally putting him over the top on the final night. There were few defections, despite a large contingent of delegates having been elected to support McCain, who formally released them to Bush.

The convention then voted by acclamation to make the convention nomination unanimous. Cheney's nomination as vice president had also been approved by acclamation on Wednesday night, so Cheney could address the convention later that night as the official nominee.

July 31

  • Colin Powell, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Elaine Chao, former president of the United Way of America and wife of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell from Kentucky
  • August 1

  • John McCain, U.S. Senator from Arizona
  • Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr., retired general and allied commander during the 1991 Persian Gulf War
  • Bob Dole, former U.S. Senator from Kansas and 1996 Republican Presidential Nominee
  • George Pataki, Governor of New York
  • Condoleezza Rice, professor of political science and former provost of Stanford University
  • Laura Bush, school librarian and wife of George W. Bush
  • Elizabeth Dole, former Secretary of Labor and wife of Former Republican Presidential Candidate Bob Dole.
  • August 2

  • Lynne Cheney, former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities and wife of Dick Cheney
  • Dick Cheney, former U.S. Secretary of Defense
  • August 3

  • George W. Bush, governor of Texas
  • Tom Ridge, governor of Pennsylvania
  • Other attendees

  • Henry Bonilla
  • Barbara Bush (Former First Lady)
  • George H. W. Bush (Former President)
  • George P. Bush (Son of George's brother, Jeb Bush, Governor from Florida)
  • Andrew Card (Former United States Secretary of Transportation)
  • Robert Conrad
  • Bo Derek
  • Jennifer Dunn
  • Gerald Ford (Former President)
  • Bill Frist (Senator from Tennessee)
  • Chuck Hagel (Senator from Nebraska)
  • Melissa Hart (Congresswoman from Pennsylvania)
  • Dennis Hastert (Speaker of the United States House of Representatives)
  • Dwayne Johnson (The Rock)
  • Lorrie Morgan (country music recording artist)
  • Trent Lott (Senate Majority Leader)
  • Sue Myrick
  • Jim Nicholson (RNC Chairman)
  • Nancy Reagan (Former First Lady)
  • Richard J. Riordan
  • Rick Schroder
  • Ben Stein
  • Connie Stevens
  • Tommy Thompson (Governor of Wisconsin)
  • Tom Patrick Waring (Editor of the Northeast Times)
  • J.C. Watts
  • Hank Williams Jr.
  • Bruce Willis (Actor)
  • Steve Young
  • References

    2000 Republican National Convention Wikipedia