1992 Democratic National Convention

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1992 Democratic National Convention
1992 presidential election
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Nominees
Clinton and Gore
Convention
Date(s) July 13–16, 1992
City New York City
Venue Madison Square Garden
Keynote speaker Zell Miller
Candidates
Presidential nominee Bill Clinton of Arkansas
Vice Presidential nominee Al Gore of Tennessee
Voting
Total delegates 4,201
Votes needed for nomination 2,103
Results (President) Clinton (AR): 3,372 (80.27%)
Brown (CA): 596 (14.19%)
Tsongas (MA): 209 (4.98%)
Casey (PA): 10 (0.24%)
Schroeder (CO): 8 (0.19%)
Agran (CA): 3 (0.07%)
Others: 3 (0.07%)
Ballots 1
1988  ·  1996

The 1992 National Convention of the U.S. Democratic Party nominated Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas for President and Senator Al Gore from Tennessee for Vice President; Clinton announced Gore as his running-mate on July 9, 1992. The convention was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York from July 13 to July 16, 1992. The Clinton-Gore ticket then faced and defeated their Republican opponents, President George H. W. Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle as well as the independent ticket of Ross Perot and James Stockdale in the 1992 presidential election.

The convention's keynote speaker was former Georgia Governor Zell Miller who said, "Not all of us can be born rich, handsome, and lucky, and that's why we have a Democratic Party" and added, "Our Commander in Chief talks like Dirty Harry but acts like Barney Fife." Other notable speakers included Democratic National Committee Chair Ron Brown, Elizabeth Glaser, and New York Governor Mario Cuomo.

The convention, organized by chairman Ron Brown, was seen as a great success. Unlike some earlier Democratic conventions, it had been well planned and run with few gaffes or errors, as even Republicans conceded. As Clinton finished his acceptance speech Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop", which would become the theme song of Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign, was played several times during the balloon drop and celebration.

Clinton received a significant poll bounce from the convention, due to both the perceived success of the convention, as well as Ross Perot announcing he was withdrawing from the campaign just as the convention was ending (Perot got back into the race in October).

The convention bounce gave the Clinton/Gore ticket a lead that only shrank significantly when Ross Perot re-entered the race.[1] Clinton and Gore went on to defeat President Bush and Vice-President Quayle, as well as independent candidate Ross Perot and his running mate, James Stockdale, in the general election.

Casey controversy

Pennsylvania Governor Bob Casey wanted to speak at the convention, but did not speak. Casey maintained that he was denied a speaking spot because he intended to give a speech about his opposition to abortion, while the Clinton camp said that Casey did not speak because he had not endorsed the Clinton/Gore ticket.[2] After the convention was over, Casey told the New York Times, "I support the ticket. Period."[3] Other Democrats opposing abortions such as Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Senators John Breaux and Howell Heflin, and five anti-abortion Democratic governors did speak. While Democratic officials said that these speakers were not barred from discussing their opposition to abortion, they nonetheless did not address the issue in their speeches.[2]

Casey asked both DNC Chairman Ron Brown and Texas Governor Ann Richards, the convention's chairwoman, for a speaking spot. Neither responded directly, and Casey later received a letter explaining that he would not receive a spot.[4]

Controversy regarding Casey's treatment at the 1992 Convention was frequently cited in media coverage of his son Bob Casey, Jr.'s successful 2006 Pennsylvania Senate campaign against Republican incumbent Rick Santorum.[4][5][6]

Jerry Brown

Former California Governor Jerry Brown, who was still an active candidate with a large amount of delegates and had not withdrawn to support the clear nominee—thus not being given a speaker's spot by the convention organizers—addressed the convention to state his case for a "humility agenda" by seconding his own nomination.

The official tally

Bill Clinton's acceptance speech
Madison Square Garden, the site of the 1992 Democratic National Convention
Senator Barbara Mikulski with female Senate candidates

President

Democratic National Convention presidential vote, 1992
Candidate Votes Percentage
Bill Clinton 3372 78.64%
Jerry Brown 596 13.90%
Paul Tsongas 289 6.74%
Robert P. Casey 10 0.23%
Rep. Pat Schroeder (CO) 5 0.12%
Larry Agran 3 0.07%
Al Gore 1 0.02%
Abstentions
Totals 4,288 100.00%

Vice President

Gore was nominated by acclamation on a voice vote.

See also

References

  1. ^ Toner, Robin (October 6, 1992). "THE 1992 CAMPAIGN: Poll; Poll Finds Hostility to Perot And No Basic Shift in Race". The New York Times. Retrieved April 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Michael Crowley, "Casey Closed," The New Republic, September 16, 1996.
  3. ^ Hinds, Michael Decourcy (July 19, 1992). "Pennsylvania; Democratic Ticket Heads Into Fertile Territory". New York Times. Section 1, Page 20. 
  4. ^ a b Peter J Boyer (November 14, 2005). "The Right to Choose". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on February 19, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  5. ^ Alan Cooperman (September 15, 2006). "Senate Candidate Speaks of Life, Faith". The Washington Post: A03. 
  6. ^ ROBIN TONER (March 5, 2006). "To Democrats Hungry for Senate, a Pennsylvania Seat Looks Ripe". The New York Times. 

External links

  • Democratic Party Platform of 1992 at The American Presidency Project
  • Clinton Nomination Acceptance Speech for President at DNC (transcript) at The American Presidency Project
  • Complete text and audio of Barbara Jordan's Keynote Address
  • Complete text and audio of Elizabeth Glaser's Address
  • Complete text and audio of William Jefferson Clinton's Acceptance Address
  • List of members from various state delegations to convention
  • Video of Clinton nomination acceptance speech for President at DNC (via YouTube)
  • Audio of Clinton nomination acceptance speech for President at DNC
  • Video of Gore nomination acceptance speech for Vice President at DNC (via YouTube)
  • Audio of Gore nomination acceptance speech for Vice President at DNC
  • Transcript of Gore nomination acceptance speech for Vice President at DNC
  • Video of Zell Miller's keynote address at Democratic National Convention


Preceded by
1988
Atlanta, Georgia
Democratic National Conventions Succeeded by
1996
Chicago, Illinois
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