, Texas
Astrodome
August 17th - 20th 1992

Presidential Nominee:
George H. W. Bush of Texas
Vice Presidential Nominee:
Dan Quayle of Indiana
 
For 1992, the Republican National Committee decided to select Houston, "The Energy Capital" of the world for the site of the Republicans quadrennial convention. Specifically, it took place from Aug. 17th to 21st. A committee of 165 members approved the option, justifying Houston on the strong incentive package offered.

Among the inducements was a offer of use of the Astrodome arena as the location. Approximately 6 miles from the heart of Huston, the stadium is located on a 260 acre lot in close proximity of massive parking lot expanses. One thing that made the deal even more attractive was the fact that the home team, the Astros, was willing to take to the road for several weeks, allowing the convention's surrounding preparations be conducted more thoroughly. San Diego, the 2nd place contender, could only offer was 10 days for its center.

Nearly 40,000 congregated to the assembly. Among the candidates were 107 African Americans, not as many as some later conventions, but more than the following GOP national convention.

Meanwhile, for its part, the Host Committee added to the number and assets through it responsibilities of recruiting volunteers and fund raising. It had collected over ten thousand volunteers and over $4 million dollars. The city had made a 10 million pledge. For the economic windfall to the city, officials had expected as much as 100 million, with a conservative estimate being about half that figure.

Of other note in the area of finance, surrounding the convention is a 1994 jury award amounting to $200,000 in damages to the Planned Parenthood organization, according to a report by the New York Times. The plaintiff contended that the protesters had disrupted security, causing necessity of extra security and escorts for patrons. This had led an injunction of a minimum distance between abortion protesters and the clinic/patrons. Also related to protest, another notable occurrence was a minor disturbance from a few homosexual rights demonstrators. Reportedly 6 members were arrested in clashes with police.

The 35th such event in a long series spanning back since the 1800's, the objective propelling the bash is the nomination and political enhancement of the most likely presidential candidate, and often promulgation of changes to party policy changes. This time around, the primary actors included George H.W. Bush (incumbent President) and Dan Qualye (senator from Indiana). Another notable figure, keynote speaker Pat Buchanan consummated a keynote speech over a "cultural war," aimed at staunch conservatives. Arguably one of the more memorable moments in the convention, his speech left a controversy in its wake for many years after.

As for the re-elect hopeful Bush, his views illustrate a family centered plan. His views ranged from a desire to block abortion (except in a few cases) and rescind Roe v. Wade, to expressing a disinclination to use fetal stem cell research. Additionally, even though he received much criticism, his official position on AIDS was that there needed to be an increase of federal funding for programs. Nevertheless, to his fault, he made an unpopular decision that to raise taxes, contrary to the 1988 pledge "no new taxes." True, the incumbent president easily procured the nomination, winning the majority of 2210 delegates' ballots without needing a second pass, but in the dissenters made their view known in the general election.



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