1996 Democratic National Convention

1996 Democratic National Convention

Infobox National Political Convention
year = 1996
party = Democratic

caption =
date = August 26 - August 29
venue = United Center
city = Chicago
presidential_nominee = Bill Clinton
presidential_nominee_state = Arkansas
vice_presidential_nominee = Al Gore
vice_presidential_nominee_state = Tennessee

The 1996 National Convention of the U.S. Democratic Party was held at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois from August 26 to August 29, 1996.

ite Selection

Five cities, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, and San Antonio, were under originally under consideration as host cities. On August 4, 1994, it was announced that Chicago had beat out the other finalist, San Antonio, for the right to host the convention. [http://www.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/1996/conventions/chicago/facts/tidbits/chicago.history.shtml] This would mark the first time Chicago hosted any political convention since the violent 1968 Democratic National Convention.

Notable Speakers

The convention's keynote speaker was Governor Evan Bayh of Indiana with the nomination speech given by Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut. Other notable speakers included former New York governor Mario Cuomo, First Lady of the United States Hillary Rodham Clinton, actor Christopher Reeve, House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, and other legislators such as Senators Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, and John Kerry and Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts.

The Voting

President Bill Clinton was nominated unanimously for a second term and Vice President Al Gore by voice vote.

Clinton and Gore went on to defeat Senator Bob Dole of Kansas and Jack Kemp in the general election in an electoral college landslide with a substantial popular vote margin.

See also

*1996 Republican National Convention

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