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  • Candidates Wives at Conventions

    Republican President William Howard Taft with his wife, Helen "Nellie" Taft, at a baseball game in New York on May 1, 1910. Of the first ladies, Nellie was the first to attend a national convention -- and it was for the opposing side. In 1912, she listened to speakers, including then New Jersey Gov. Woodrow Wilson, talk about her husband at the Democratic National Convention.
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    First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt waves to the crowd from the podium at the 1940 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, July 15, 1940. As her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt was running for his unprecedented third term in office, Eleanor Roosevelt gave an address to the convention, asking "united people who love their county" to support and trust FDR during a time of war.
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    President Richard M. Nixon and first lady Pat Nixon stand on a platform and shake hands with hundreds of delegates at the close of the 1972 Republican National Convention in Miami Beach, Aug. 23, 1972. Although she only gave a brief introduction for her husband, Pat Nixon was the first Republican first lady to address the party's national convention.
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    President Ronald Reagan hugs his wife, Nancy Reagan, as conventioneers applaud during the closing session of the 1976 Republican National Convention in Kansas City, Mo., Aug. 19, 1976. While Nancy Reagan didn't give a speech, its been called one of the most memorable conventions ever because incumbent President Gerald Ford barely eeked out then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan for the nomination.
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    President George H.W. Bush's wife, Barbara Bush, at the 1992 Republican National Convention, Aug. 19, 1992. Barbara Bush set the precedent for candidates' wives to stomp for their husbands at conventions. She praised "the strongest, the most decent, the most caring, the wisest" man she knew in her speech. President Bush was re-nominated for a second term, but lost to President Bill Clinton.
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    Elizabeth Dole, the wife of 1996 Republican candidates Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kansas, waves from the podium on the floor of the Republican National Convention in San Diego, Aug. 15, 1996. Elizabeth's convention speech earned thunderous applause when she took the microphone and walked into the crowd.
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    More than a decade before she was running for president herself, first lady Hillary Clinton spoke at the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago to rally support for her husband, President Bill Clinton, who was running for his second term.
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  • Wives of the Party Conventions

    A mother-in-law is a tough act to follow, but Laura Bush stepped up to the challenge at the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. In her speech, the former first lady touted support for her husband, then Texas Gov. George W. Bush, and his record on education. Laura Bush addressed the GOP convention again on Sept. 2, 2008 to rally support for Sen. John McCain.
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    A video tribute honoring Cindy McCain played before she took the stage at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., to give a speech in support of her husband, then Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain. In her speech, Cindy McCain praised her husband for being a "straight shooter," a good father and a loyal patriot.
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    "I love this country," declared Michelle Obama during her speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver on Aug. 25, 2008. The crowd waved signs reading "Michelle" as she spoke of her husband, then Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, and said he had an obligation to "fight for the world as it should be."
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  • Wives of the Party

    Ann Romney, the wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, waves as she walks up to the podium to address the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2012. In her speech, Ann Romney made a blunt appeal to women, saying Americans can trust her husband and "this man will not let us down."
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