The '76 Republican National Convention In KC: 'Blood-letting' In The West Bottoms

Jul 21, 2016

You think this Republican National Convention is full of drama? The 1976 convention at Kemper Arena was the last contested party convention. It pitted President Gerald Ford, who rose to the presidency after Richard Nixon resigned, against Ronald Reagan, who was becoming the darling of conservatives.


  • Craig Shirley is a historian and public affairs consultant. He’s the author of three bestselling book on Reagan.
  • Bill Lacy is director of the Dole Institute of Politics. He was a long time Republican political operative, including serving in the Reagan Administration.

The exhibition, "From State to Nation: Dole for VP, 1976", opens August 14 at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics.