It was fifty years ago today- August 5, 1968 the Republican National Convention opened at the Miami Beach Convention Hall in Miami Beach. Florida. Going into the convention it was a forgone conclusion that former Vice President Richard Milhous Nixon would get the nomination- he had been the front runner from the start of the primary season. The only real mystery would be who would he chose as his running mate. The convention was scheduled to last from Monday August 5 to Thursday August 8th. Since the Democrats were defending the White House the Republican Convention in 1968 would go first.
Nixon who was Vice President under Dwight Eisenhower for two terms- had been the GOP nominee in 1960- losing a narrow election to John F. Kennedy. In 1962 Nixon ran for the governorship of California- losing to Pat Brown. Nixon looked finished in politics- and in a press conference after the loss told the press corp they ‘wouldn’t have Nixon to kick around anymore.” Nixon never quit though and in 1968 he made what once seemed an improbably comeback- the New Nixon was ready and with the democratic party a total mess it appeared he was the man to beat come November.