REPUBLICANS: The President Picks a Place

Richard Nixon looked over the list of cities bidding for his party's 1972 convention and did not like what he saw: Chicago, Miami Beach. Houston, Louisville, San Francisco. Said the President: "Let's get some more options. Let's get San Diego in there." Thus a city was suddenly on the list that initially did not care to be the site of a political convention—one that had fewer hotel rooms than other contenders, did not have adequate press space and refused to put together the cash guarantee the other cities had proffered. To the...

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