United States Vice President Richard Nixon was nominated Presidential Candidate by the Republican Party at their Chicago convention, July 27.
Roll call -
Mark Hatfield introduced and speaks ("Vice President of the USA, the honourable Richard M. Nixon) -
Giant balloon -
Convention scenes -
Nixon's mother and daughters in box -
Nixon and wife watch television -
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Background: United States Vice President Richard Nixon was nominated Presidential Candidate by the Republican Party at their Chicago convention, July 27.
Following Republican Convention procedure, Joint Chairman Halleck called for a roll-call of States delegates. When Oregon was summoned, her Governor, Mark Hatfield, strode to the podium and in a 3 minute 15 second speech formally proposed Nixon as the Party's candidate for the November Presidential election.
By custom, the most likely candidate does not appear personally for the nomination, and Nixon watched the ceremony on television. But his two daughters and his mother were in the International Arena where the ceremony took place and where - when the serious business was over - hundreds of balloons were released. After his triumph Mr Nixon, cool, and affable, spoke to a group of press reporters, betraying no great excitement at this high point in his political career. "I think the biggest kick is for the children," he said. "They certainly did want to see the demonstration."