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the fervor of the candidate: promising that Bush will carry on his conservative legacy, labeling the Democratic party as “doom-ocrats.”14As the Presidential race was tightening that showed a 7point lead for Bush over the Democratic rival Michael Dukakis compared to a 12 point spread earlier that week, Reagan and his team were spending the last three days in key states such as Texas and California. In the specific speech Reagan was giving to the convention, he appealed tothe Texan voters by connecting with them over their pride of their state. He did this by naming key politicians and thinkers and emphasizing the serious of this upcoming election by stating, “no one in America understands more clearly than you that today America stands on the brink of of an era of national greatness that will exceed anything that any other country on Earth has ever known before.”15Reagan also emphasized the importance of anyone holding the Presidential office and how it was key that the American people would elect someone with a true interest in 1414Matthis, Mark. "President Reagan, on His Final Campaign Swing." UPI. November 05, 1988. Accessed October 20, 2018. -on-his-final-campaign-swing-for-Republican/5333594709200/.1515Ibid
10keeping America great. The United States had become a model to be followed and imitated by the rest of the world. Nation after nation was turning to democracy and heads of states had come to Reagan telling him about their plans to reduce taxes and doing things that America had alreadyimplemented. Communism was in retreat, and freedom was on the march around the world. American culture and technology continued to dominate the world to such a degree that from television’s “Dallas” to Disneyland to the space shuttle Discovery, an entire planet is watching and following us.”16In this speech, Reagan also emphasized the opposition’s support of gun control, warning Texans not to believe the popular notion that “we won’t take your guns away.” He took this stance and swayed in a way to voice his and Bush’s support for the local and armed forces. Along with other issues, Reagan brilliantly crafted his arguments in a way that whatever the American people stood for— he noted that “they’re against it.” By doing this, he was able to rally support for traditional Republican ideals that resonated with many American citizens who witnessed firsthand the fruits of the Reagan Administration. Lastly, Reagan offered a glimpse of hope, reminding America’s best days were yet to come. With the election in just three days, he emphasized the importance of the two candidates—a choice one makes for the vision of America, a dream all citizens share. The vision was the continuation of creating a new nation of free people, a country that would be a light unto the Nation and “a shining city on a hill.” Reaganreminded the citizens of the change that began 8 years ago, and now it was the time to keep the change alive.
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The American, President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, President Ronald Reagan, Reagan’s Speeches