Partys nomination and chose Representative Geraldine Ferraro of New York as his

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Party’s nomination and chose RepresentativeGeraldine Ferraro of New York as his runningmate. Ferraro became the first woman on amajor party’s presidential ticket. In 1984 the economy was strong. Reaganand Bush won by a landslide, carrying everystate but Mondale’s home state of Minnesotaand the District of Columbia.The Conservative Tide1043SPOTLIGHTSPOTLIGHTHISTORICALHISTORICALAN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPTOn March 30, 1981, PresidentReagan and other members ofhis staff were shot by a mentallyunbalanced man named JohnHinckley, Jr. While beingwheeled into surgery to have abullet removed, the presidentsaid to his wife, “Honey, I for-got to duck” (a line first usedby boxer Jack Dempsey in the1920s, after being knocked outin a bout). In the operatingroom, Reagan said to the teamof surgeons, “I hope you fellasare Republicans.” Reaganrecovered speedily and his popularity grew.President Reagan is pushed into a presidential limousineafter being shot by a deranged man.
THE 1988 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONIn 1988, a majority of Americans wereeconomically comfortable, and they attrib-uted their comfort to Reagan and Bush.When Michael Dukakis, the Democraticgovernor of Massachusetts, ran for thepresidency in 1988 against George Bush,Reagan’s vice-president, most voters sawlittle reason for change.George Bush simply built on PresidentReagan’s legacy by promising, “Read mylips: no new taxes” in his acceptancespeech at the Republican Convention. Hestressed his commitment to the conservative ideas of the Moral Majority.Though Bush asserted that he wanted a “kinder, gentler nation,” his cam-paign sponsored a number of negative “attack ads” aimed at his oppo-nents. He told audiences that Dukakis was an ultraliberal whose views wereoutside the mainstream of American values. In particular, Bush suggested thatDukakis was soft on crime and unpatriotic.Some commentators believed that the negative ads contributed to the lowestvoter turnout in 64 years. Only half of the eligible voters went to the polls in1988. Fifty-three percent voted for George Bush, who won 426 electoral votes.Bush’s electoral victory was viewed, as Reagan’s had been, as a mandate for con-servative social and political policies.Read my lips:no new taxes.GEORGE BUSHGeorge Bush announces his presidentialcandidacy at a rally in 1987.1044C
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Reaganomicssupply-side economicsStrategic Defense InitiativeSandra Day O’ConnorderegulationEnvironmental ProtectionAgency (EPA)Geraldine FerraroGeorge Bush

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