1975 November 20: Reagan opens his presidential campaign. He faces an uphill battle against the incumbent, Gerald Ford, who is backed by the Republican party. 1976 February 24: Ford squeaks by Reagan in the New Hampshire primary.February 27: 11 of 12 former chairs of the Republican National Committee endorse Ford.
March 3: Polls show President Ford leading in the potential race for nomination; Reagan is second.
March 17: The National Republican Conference of Mayors calls on Reagan to withdraw.
March 20: Republican governors call on Reagan to withdraw.
March 23: The Reagan campaign runs out of funds. Consensus among advisors is that he should quit. Reagan announces he won’t. Instead, he gives a national speech attacking President Ford’s and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s policy of détente. He wins the North Carolina primary, 53-46.
August 18: Reagan gets 47.4% of delegates at the Republican Convention in Kansas City.
August 19: Reagan addresses Kansas City convention delegates. His speech, about the tension between the dangers of nuclear weapons and the need to preserve freedom, electrifies the audience. For the next four years, Reagan divides his time betwen working in his ranch, giving speeches and writing a weekly column.
November: Democrat Jimmy Carter defeats Ford by a narrow margin to become president.
January 30, 2008:
It is time to unite behind John McCain to be the nominee of our party.
Vice Chairman, Republican National Committee
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