The History of Recent Political Conventions | KCUR

The History of Recent Political Conventions

Jun 6, 2014

Ronald Reagan on the podium with Gerald Ford at the 1976 Republican National Convention in Kansas City after narrowly losing the presidential nomination.
Credit Executive Office of the President of the United States

Kansas City is getting the once-over this week from members of the Republican National Committee, who are in town to see whether we have what it takes to host the party’s 2016 national convention.

The last convention here came in 1976, and it was a hummer: A candidate named Ronald Reagan was taking on the incumbent president, Gerald Ford, and the battle went down to convention week.

On Friday's Central Standard host Monroe Dodd talks with the Bill Lacy, director of the Dole Institute in Lawrence, Kan., about that convention — one so important to Kansas City and to Bob Dole. 


  • Bill Lacy, Director of the Dole Institute