The University of Portland’s newly dedicated Chiles Center athletic arena still smelt of fresh varnish and the stadium seating was still cushioned and clean when President Ronald Reagan’s re-election campaign visited the Chiles Center in October of 1984. Appearing before a crowd of students and Reagan supporters, President Reagan (R), focused his remarks on national security while speaking out against his opponent, former Vice President Walter Mondale (D-MN). Reagan deviated from his prepared speech with occasional quips meant to quiet and deflect hecklers in the audience. President Reagan visited UP two weeks before the national election, carrying away the roars of an enthusiastic crowd and a Pilots jacket presented by UP Student Body president, Kelly Krautscheid, ’85 and Wally Pilot.
Text of Reagan speech at the Chiles Center, October 23, 1984