1976 Democratic National Convention

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1976 Democratic National Convention
1976 Presidential Election
JimmyCarterPortrait2.jpg U.S Vice-President Walter Mondale.jpg
Carter and Mondale
Date(s) July 12 - July 15
City New York City
Venue Madison Square Garden
Presidential nominee Jimmy Carter of
Vice Presidential nominee Walter Mondale of
1972  ·  1980

The 1976 Democratic National Convention met at Madison Square Garden in New York City, from July 12 to July 15, 1976. The assembled United States Democratic Party delegates at the convention nominated former Governor Jimmy Carter of Georgia for President and Senator Walter Mondale of Minnesota for Vice President. John Glenn and Barbara Jordan gave the keynote addresses. The convention was the first in New York since the 103-ballot 1924 convention.

By the time the convention opened Carter already had more than enough delegates to clinch the nomination, and so the major emphasis at the convention was to create an appearance of party unity, which had been lacking in the 1968 and 1972 Democratic Conventions. Carter easily won the nomination on the first ballot; he then chose Mondale, a liberal and a protégé of Hubert Humphrey, as his running mate.

The Carter-Mondale ticket went on to win the 1976 presidential election on November 2.

Candidates gallery[edit]

The tally at the convention was:[1]


The Democrats' 1976 platform called for continued price controls on natural gas, a policy which had caused dwindling domestic natural gas reserves since 1974 and which President Gerald Ford was asking to rescind.[2] The platform stated: "Those now pressing to turn natural-gas price regulation over to OPEC, while arguing the rhetoric of so-called deregulation, must not prevail.

Vice-presidential nomination[edit]

According to Jimmy Carter,[3] his top choices for Vice Presidency were: Walter Mondale, Edmund Muskie, Frank Church, Adlai Stevenson III, John Glenn and Henry M. Jackson. He selected Mondale.

The vice presidential tally, in part, was:

In his acceptance speech, Mondale diverted from his printed text which echoed John F. Kennedy's call to "get the country moving again"; Mondale instead said, "Let's get this government moving again!"[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Our Campaigns - US President - D Convention Race - Jul 12, 1976
  2. ^ Frum, David (2000). How We Got Here: The '70s. New York, New York: Basic Books. p. 322. ISBN 0-465-04195-7. 
  3. ^ Virtual Tour: Race to the White House
  4. ^ Frum, David (2000). How We Got Here: The '70s. New York, New York: Basic Books. p. 301. ISBN 0-465-04195-7. 

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