The United States Republican Party began its national convention in Detroit on Monday (14 July).
GV INTERIOR Delegated in conference hall in Detroit, USA.
SV PULL BACK TO GV Band dressed in old American military style play as delegates listen.
SCU & SV Party Chairman Brock opening conference. (2 SHOTS)
GV & CU Pat Boone leading convention in pledge. (3 SHOTS)
SV & SV Glen Campbell leads delegates in singing of National Anthems. (3 SHOTS)
SCU EXTERIOR Governor Ronald Reagan speaking after arrival at Detroit airport.
BROCK: "It's my privilege to proclaim the 32nd Republican National Convention in session and call it to order."
BOONE: "I pledge allegiance to the flag and the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands. One nation under god. Indivisible, with liberty and justice for all"
REAGAN: "The controversy, which you just mentioned however, I really don't know what that is all about. I think if anyone will read the plank in the platform they will find that the delegates there have probably made the most forthright pledge to equal rights for women that has ever been made by any party."
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Background: The United States Republican Party began its national convention in Detroit on Monday (14 July). With Governor Ronald Reagan assured in advance of the party's nomination for President in November's election, the main interest at the convention centres on his choice for a vice-presidential running-mate.
SYNOPSIS: The convention programme is packed with celebrity entertainments to keep the vast television audience interested. After Party Chairman Bill Brock opened the convention, singer Pat Boone led the delegates in the oath of allegiance.
Country and Western singer, Glen Campbell, led the 4,000 delegates in the American national anthem.
A group of women demonstrated outside the hall during the opening day calling on the Republicans to support the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the Constitution. Governor Reagan defended his party's record on equal rights for women on his arrival in Detroit.