2000 Republican National Convention

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2000 Republican National Convention
2000 presidential election
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Bush and Cheney
Date(s) July 31 – August 3, 2000
City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Venue First Union Center
Presidential nominee George W. Bush of Texas
Vice Presidential nominee Dick Cheney of Wyoming
Total delegates 4,335
Votes needed for nomination 2,172
Results (President) Bush (TX): 4,328 (99.61%)
Keyes (MD): 6 (0.29%)
McCain (AZ): 1 (0.05%)
Abstaining: 1 (0.05%)
Ballots 1
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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 2000 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

The First Union Center, now known as the Wells Fargo Center, was the site of the 2000 Republican National Convention

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.

Republican National Convention presidential vote, 2000[1]
Candidate Votes Percentage
George W. Bush 2,058 99.61%
Alan Keyes 6 0.29%
John McCain 1 0.05%
Abstentions 1 0.05%
Totals 2,066 100.00%

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

August 1

August 2

August 3

Other attendees

Public Reception

In July 1999, the LGBT+ community of Philadelphia held two protests on July 29th & 30th. They did this in objection to Philadelphia hosting the Republican National Convention. [2]These protests resulted in the arrest of over 300 People.[3]

The initial protest was not target to the Republican Party specifically, rather, it was a call to change from both Republican and Democratic parties. The protesters felt that both political parties for the most part, ignored the needs and issues surrounding the LGBT community.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Republican Convention 2000". The Green Papers. Archived from the original on 6 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-29.
  2. ^ August 1-7, 1999. Philadelphia Gay News, 1999, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  3. ^ a b August 8-14, 1999. Philadelphia Gay News, 1999, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

External links

  • George W. Bush's nomination acceptance speech for President at RNC (transcript) at The American Presidency Project
  • Republican Party platform of 2000 at The American Presidency Project
  • PBS Online NewsHour: Republican Convention 2000, archive including transcripts, analysis, interviews, photographs, and streaming audio/video.
  • CNN AllPolitics: Republican Convention 2000, archived facts, news, speech transcripts, party platform, and links
  • Rocca, Mo. Report From Philly: What's Wrong With Rabble Rousing? A Correspondent For "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" Tried His Best To Ruffle Feathers At The Convention. A Web Exclusive By Mo Rocca. Newsweek.com. Aug 14, 2000.
  • Video of Bush nomination acceptance speech for President at RNC (via YouTube)
  • Audio of Bush nomination acceptance speech for President at RNC
  • Video of Cheney nomination acceptance speech for Vice President at RNC (via YouTube)
  • Audio of Cheney nomination acceptance speech for Vice President at RNC
  • Transcript of Cheney nomination acceptance speech for Vice President at RNC

Preceded by
San Diego, California
Republican National Conventions Succeeded by
New York, New York
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