Former Californian Governor Ronald Reagan, set the tone for his Presidential election campaign on Thursday (17 July), declaring that the United States faces an "unprecedented calamity".
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SCU Gov. Reagan speaking in English with CUTAWAYS audience (8 shots)
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SV & GVs Gov. Reagan and crowd applauding and sing 'God Bless America" (7 shots)
BELL: "This is the most important speech of his political life, the one that should set the tone forth campaign to follow. To the tumultuous crowd in the arena here, he promised what he called a new contract and a new beginning. He made specific proposals for lower taxes and reduced government spending, but most of all, at a time of recession and high unemployment, he stopped to draw from his appeal, with a speech directed a Americans of all parties."
REAGAN: "Can anyone look at the record of this administration and say, 'Well done'. Can anyone compare the state of our economy when the Carter administration took office, with where we are today and say, 'Keep up the good work'. Can anyone look at our reduced standing in the world today and say, 'Let's have four more years of this'."
BELL: "When the text of the acceptance speech ended, the speech itself didn't. Governor Reagan improvised."
REAGAN: "I confess that I've been a little afraid to suggest what I'm going to suggest. I'm more afraid not to. Can we begin our crusade joined together in a moment of silent prayer - God bless America."
BELL: "The Convention then ended, with a huge ovation for the candidate, a prime time show a party unity and of course, God Bless America."
COMMENTATOR: MARTIN BELL
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Background: Former Californian Governor Ronald Reagan, set the tone for his Presidential election campaign on Thursday (17 July), declaring that the United States faces an "unprecedented calamity". The one time film actor, accepting his nomination at the Republican Convention in the Michigan city of Detroit, said that the United States faced three grave threats of a disintegrating economy, weakened defence and an energy crisis. The British Broadcasting Corporation's Martin Bell reports that Governor Reagan also is anxious to reunite the Republican Party after events which led to Mr. George Bush being declared his running-mate for the November 4 election, instead of ex-president Gerald Ford.