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November 04, 1980 - Image 7

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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, November 4, 1980-Page 7,



At no time was this more evident than at this summer's Republican National Conven-
tion in Detroit.
, For the overwhelming contingent of news gatherers (they outnumbered the delegates
even to one), the convention was particularly lacking in "news" events.
.The only breaking story was the mystery of the running mate selection. There was a
considerable amount of scurrying by reporters anxious to get the scoop.
But in general, the convention was conspicuously absent of any exhilarating moments.
The tube generally conveyed the impression that there was much hoopla and pan-
demonium. But the intensity of this behavior was often a function of the number of cameras
and lights focused on the delegates rather than any spontaneous spirit.
The most conspicuous feature of the convention in spite of the GOP's strategy to lure the
black and labor votes by meeting in Detroit, was a feeling that the convention was not really
happening in downtown Detroit at all'
On the floor, there were a scant number of black delegates-only 2.8 percent of the total
number. In order to bolster the number of blacks, the GOP asked children from the Detroit
rea public schools to attend the convention.
Upon arrival, they were given American flags and moved out onto the floor to wave
tiem after Bush's acceptance speech.
The television cameras zoomed in on the kids and the announcers reminded the viewers
that the convention was indeed taking place in a predominantly black city.
These photographs are an attempt to give a view other than the one received in stan-
dard election coverage, although they offer only a glimpse.

DETROIT, July 16.

DETROIT,.July 17-A delegate listens to Reagan's acceptance speech.

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