Flashback Friday: George H.W. Bush’s Campaign Stop In 1980


As people all over the country have spent the last several days remembering President George Herbert Walker Bush, people in South Dakota are remembering the times that he made his way to KELOLAND.

But it turns out that he made stops in South Dakota before he became President. In this week’s Flashback Friday, we take a look at when George Herbert Walker Bush made a stop in western KELOLAND while campaigning with Ronald Reagan in 1980.

His mentor Ronald Reagan has been campaigning almost exclusively in the Eastern States, so some local republicans have become concerned that the reagan Bush ticket may be taking the West for granted.
On the stake reagan made in the Iowa precinct caucuses, which Bush won last January.
But Bush says that is not the case now.
“I guess the best manifestation of that is the fact that governor reagan will be campaigning in the West next I think next week, if not then the following week. I’ve been out there a lot this week in California, Oregon, Washington.
Here I am in South Dakota.
Been in Colorado the past few days.
And I expect you’ll see a good deal of both of us in the West I do think it’s a strong area of support for our ticket.”
Part of the reason for bush’s visit was to give a boost to local candidates running for Congress.
Candidates like Clint Roberts.
“To be a part of a Congress and an administration that’s going to let America go back to work.”
“It’s good to be back home again.
Many of you probably don’t know it but my wife and I lived here in Rapid City.”
 Bush told the crowd electing Republican senators and congressmen is just as important as working for the reagan Bush ticket.
“It is also important that we get control of the United States Senate we lack 9 seats we can do that.
And that we pick up substantial numbers in the house and we can do that.”
There was at least one non-republican in the crowd.
A protestor waving a sign about nuclear holocaust.
Bush took the opportunity to reaffirm the Republican stance for a tough military as the best deterrent to nuclear warfare.

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