Today in Michigan History

July 14, 1980

The 32nd Republican National Convention opened in Detroit.

Ronald Reagan was nominated as the Republican candidate for president. Reagan considered choosing former President Gerald Ford as his vice-presidential candidate, but he picked George Bush Sr. instead. Reagan received 1,939 of 1,994 votes at the convention and went on to win the next two presidential elections.

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