Illustrations of Ronald Reagan and Richard Schweiker inside a blue circle. White outer border with red, black and blue text and blue 5-pointed stars.
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Ronald Reagan and Richard Schweiker ran for the Presidential and Vice Presidential Republican Party nomination in 1976. Before the opening of the Republican National Convention, Reagan named Richard Schweiker as his candidate for Vice President in an attempt to attract liberals and centrists. Schweiker was the senator of Pennsylvania with a moderate voting record in the Senate. When Reagan named Schweiker as his running mate it came as a surprise to Schweiker himself as the two did not known each other personally. Reagan and Schweiker lost the Presidential and Vice Presidential nominations to Gerald Ford and Bob Dole repsectively.