ROMNEY PREGAME

The Associated Press
FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and his wife Ann walk to church in Wolfeboro, N.H. On Thursday, Romney will accept his party's presidential nomination.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and his wife Ann walk to church in Wolfeboro, N.H. On Thursday, Romney will accept his party's presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

No matter what GOP nominee Mitt Romney says Thursday night, it'll join the reel of history.

In that spirit, the public affairs-focused cable channel C-SPAN warmed up its audience Thursday with a trip down convention memory lane.

C-SPAN aired convention addresses of Republican nominees past, starting with Barry Goldwater's "renew freedom's vision" speech at San Francisco's Cow Palace Arena in 1964. Throughout the afternoon, viewers could see archived remarks of Richard Nixon in 1968, Ronald Reagan in 1984, George H.W. Bush in 1998 and George W. Bush in 2000.

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