Tape 654 Part 1 Edited compilation of speeches made by Ronald Reagan during his Presidency.
EST shots of the Reagan ranch outside of Santa Barbara. MSs RONALD REAGAN grooming and riding horses. MSs sawing wood with a chainsaw, working in the yard while wearing a white t-shirt. VO of Reagan recounting his decision to seek re-election in 1984. Before I reach my decision to run for re-election, some people thought that maybe I d be happy to retire to that beautiful ranch outside of Santa Barbra, and spend the rest of my life enjoying the simple things, riding horses, chopping wood and spending time with Nancy, being outdoors and close to all of God s natural gifts. But they forget, there are so many things that remain to be done, so many challenges that must be met. I would have felt like a quitter if I just walked away from getting federal spending under control, for once and for all. Or reforming or simplifying our tax system.
Aug 23, 1984 Reagan Remarks Accepting the Presidential Nomination at the Republican National Convention in Dallas, Texas. C/As of the happy delegates decked out in their cheapest camapign wares, holding placards showing their support, some waving American flags. C/A of NANCY and RON REAGAN JR. in bleachers; ends w/ delegates chanting for "four more years." (Applause and cheering) Thank you very much. Mr. Chairman, Mr. Vice President, delegates to this convention and fellow citizens, 75 days I hope we enjoy a victory that is the size of the heart of Texas. (Cheering /Applause) Tonight with a full heart and deep gratitude for your trust, I accept your nomination for Presidency of the United States of America. (The crowd is ecstatic with applause. Banners and American are waved back and fourth.) I will campaign on behalf of the principals of our party which lift America confidently into the future. America is presented with the clearest political choice of half a century. The distinction between our two parties and the different philosophy of our political opponents, are at the heart of this campaign and America s future. Crowd is cheering and saying repeatedly. Four more years. Four more years."
Nov 5, 1984, Ronald Reagan Remarks at a Reagan-Bush Rally in San Diego, California. This is the last rally of my election campaign. And four years ago this particular day, it was also right here in this same place that we had that rally. But there s so much to do and plan for. These past few months have been really something. We took our campaign out to the country. We journeyed to the bright grid of the cities and the suburbs of the East and we went to the broad avenues of the sun belt. We talked to farmers outside of Des Moines and families in the shopping malls. On a whistle stop Tour in Harry Truman s old train, I went across Ohio and saw the people of that state spill out waving flags. We ve been to University and College campuses all across the country. And we saw a dazzling new generation coming to life with an honest love for America. Now a couple of weeks ago, I ran out of time on a debate. I didn t get to finish what I set out to say, I m going to say it here. All of us or most of us grew up in America where we took it for granted that we could dream and make our dreams come true, fly as high and as far as our ability and effort would take us. Then we came to a time not too long ago where people began telling us that those days were over, that we were in an era of limits. That there was a ceiling and we never again could have it as quite as good as they had been. Well don t you believe it. My generation and those other generations I mentioned, we have a sacred trust and we re going to fill that trust and that is, to see that when the time comes, to turn the reigns over to you, we re going to turn over to you a country that is free in a world that is at peace. And now just one last request. One last request. Don t read the polls, don t get complacent. The last time I looked at Mount Rushmore, President Dewey s face wasn t up there. We need every vote, so make up your mind your vote is needed. Get out there and vote, get your neighbors to vote. Go to the polls tomorrow. Our best days are yet to come. And now, for the last time in a campaign that I can say it, because I know it drives a certain candidate up the wall, I m going to say it, and that is, You Ain t Seen Nothing Yet.
Election Night, Nov. 6, 1984. Remarks at an Reelection Celebration in Los Angeles, California. Ronald Reagan at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles after whipping Walter Mondale in the presidential elections (crowd eagerly waves small American flags as Ron and family take stage; they chant for four more years, then chant NANCY Reagan's name). Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of the United States, Mrs. Reagan and the family. (Applause and cheering) The band is playing Hail to the Chief. Four more years. Four more years. Four more Years Ronald Reagan, Thank you all very much, thank you. Thank you. I think that s just been arranged. (More cheering) Nancy and I would like to express (More cheering - extremely loud) The crowd is cheering, Nancy, Nancy, Nancy. The President leans over and says to his wife, They're yelling for you. Nancy thanks you. Seems like we did this four years ago. Let me just say, that you know, good habits are hard to break.