1992 Democratic National Convention
|1992 Presidential Election|
Clinton and Gore
|Date(s)||July 13 - July 16|
|City||New York City|
|Venue||Madison Square Garden|
|Keynote speaker||Barbara Jordan|
|Presidential nominee||Bill Clinton (AR)|
|Vice Presidential nominee||Al Gore (TN)|
|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%)
The 1992 National Convention of the U.S. Democratic Party nominated Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas for President and Senator Al Gore of 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 in the 1992 presidential election.
The convention's keynote speaker was former Texas Representative Barbara Jordan, who had also keynoted the party's 1976 convention. Other notable speakers included Democratic National Committee Chair Ron Brown, Elizabeth Glaser, and governors Mario Cuomo (NY) and Zell Miller (GA), who said: "Not all of us can be born rich, handsome, and lucky, and that's why we have a Democratic Party." He also said "Our Commander in Chief talks like Dirty Harry but acts like Barney Fife."
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. 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.
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. After the convention was over, Casey told the New York Times, "I support the ticket. Period." 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.
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.
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.
Another person having trouble getting on the platform to make a speech was former California Governor Jerry Brown, who was still a candidate and wanted to address the convention to state his case for a "humility agenda." Democratic officials stated that a candidate can second his own nomination, but that other than that a candidate cannot address the convention before the voting takes place. Brown wound up seconding his own nomination.
The official Tally
|Democratic National Convention presidential vote, 1992|
|Robert P. Casey||10||0.02%|
|Rep. Pat Schroeder (CO)||5||0.01%|
Gore was nominated by acclamation on a voice vote
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- Michael Crowley, "Casey Closed," The New Republic, September 16, 1996.
- Michael Decourcy Hinds, “Pennsylvania; Democratic Ticket Heads Into Fertile Territory,” New York Times July 19, 1992, Section 1, Page 20
- Peter J Boyer (November 14, 2005). "The Right to Choose". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on 2012-02-19. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
- Alan Cooperman (September 15, 2006). "Senate Candidate Speaks of Life, Faith". The Washington Post: A03.
- ROBIN TONER (March 5, 2006). "To Democrats Hungry for Senate, a Pennsylvania Seat Looks Ripe". The New York Times.
- 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
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