1992 Democratic National Convention
Infobox National Political Convention
year = 1992
party = Democratic
July 13- July 16
Madison Square Garden
New York City
The 1992 National Convention of the U.S. Democratic Party nominated Governor
Bill Clintonof Arkansasfor President and Senator Al Goreof Tennesseefor Vice President; Clinton announced Gore as his running-mate on July 9, 1992. The convention was held at Madison Square Gardenin New York City, New Yorkfrom July 13to July 16, 1992. The Clinton-Gore ticket then faced incumbents George H. W. Bushand Dan Quaylein the 1992 presidential election.
The convention's keynote speaker was former
TexasRepresentative Barbara Jordan, who had also keynoted the party's 1976 convention. Other notable speakers included Democratic National CommitteeChair 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 Harrybut 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. The ending of the convention played the theme songof Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign, Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop".
Clinton received a significant poll bounce from the convention, due to both the perceived success of the convention, as well as
Ross Perotannouncing he was withdrawing from the campaign just as the convention was ending (Perot got back into the race in October).
convention bouncegave the Clinton/Gore ticket a lead that only shrank significantly when Ross Perot re-entered the race. [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0CE5DC113DF935A35753C1A964958260 THE 1992 CAMPAIGN: Poll; Poll Finds Hostility to Perot And No Basic Shift in Race - New York Times ] ] Clinton and Gore went on to defeat President Bush, Vice-President Quayle along with independent candidate Ross Perotand 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.Michael Crowley, "Casey Closed," The New Republic, September 16, 1996.] After the convention was over, Casey told the "New York Times", "I support the ticket. Period."Michael Decourcy Hinds, “Pennsylvania; Democratic Ticket Heads Into Fertile Territory,” New York Times July 19, 1992, Section 1, Page 20] Other Democrats opposing abortions such as Chicago Mayor
Richard M. Daley, Senators John Breauxand 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 focus on the issue in their speeches.
Casey asked both DNC Chairman
Ron Brownand 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.cite journal | author=Peter J Boyer| title=The Right to Choose| journal=The New Yorker| date=November 14, 2005| url=http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-12600380_ITM]
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. cite journal | author=Alan Cooperman| title=Senate Candidate Speaks of Life, Faith| journal=The Washington Post| date=September 15, 2006| url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/14/AR2006091401649.html| pages=A03] cite journal | author=ROBIN TONER| title=To Democrats Hungry for Senate, a Pennsylvania Seat Looks Ripe| journal=The New York Times| date=March 5, 2006| url=http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/05/politics/05penn.html?ex=1299214800&en=f068d29beeea5765&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss]
The issue was also brought up in 2008, first during lead-up to the Pennsylvania Democratic primary when Bob Casey, Jr. endorsed
Barack Obamaover rival Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton's wife, [cite news |url=http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/03/28/obama-to-receive-endorsement-from-pa-sen-bob-casey/|title=Obama endorsed by Pennsylvania Sen. Casey|work= Fox News|date=2008-03-28|accessdate=2008-08-31] and again when Casey, Jr. was given a speaking role by Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. [cite news |url=http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=93970709|title=Sen. Casey: Obama Can Achieve 'Common Ground'|work=NPR|date=2008-08-26|accessdate=2008-08-31]
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
Robert P. Casey10
Pat Schroeder(CO) 5
Gore was nominated by
acclamationon a voice vote
Bill Clinton presidential campaign, 1992
1992 Democratic presidential primary
* [http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/barbarajordan1992dnc.html Complete text and audio of Barbara Jordan's Keynote Address]
* [http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/elizabethglaser1992dnc.htm Complete text and audio of Elizabeth Glaser's Address]
* [http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/wjclinton1992dnc.htm Complete text and audio of William Jefferson Clinton's Acceptance Address]
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