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Bush's Kinder, Gentler Nation

On August 18, 1988, George H. W. Bush received his party's nomination for president of the United States. In his acceptance speech, he calls for a "kinder, gentler nation."

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  • Bush's Kinder, Gentler Nation
    Bush's Kinder, Gentler Nation

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    On August 18, 1988, George H. W. Bush received his party's nomination for president of the United States. In his acceptance speech, he calls for a "kinder, gentler nation."

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    Upon his nomination for president of the United States, George H. W. Bush delivers an acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention on August 18, 1988. Bush folds into his speech many slogans that he will use throughout his campaign, including his reference to the "1,000 points of light" that symbolize America's diversity.

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