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U.S. Political Conventions

Republican National Convention, Miami Beach, August 3-8, 1968
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Claude Kirk, seen from behind, giving the victory-sign to a nearly empty auditorium.

"While making a final inspection visit to the cavernous, air-conditioned, TV-wired-and-lighted, radio-plugged, stadium-size but empty Miami Beach Convention Hall, Governor Kirk mounted the speakers podium . . . and beat everyone to the punch by giving, in full, his acceptance speech as the Republicans' candidate for Vice-President of the United States. [August 1968.]" Self-Portrait: U.S.A., p. 23.