1976 Democratic National Convention
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. Jordan's keynote address made her the first African-American woman to deliver the keynote address at a Democratic National Convention. It was listed as #5 in American Rhetoric's Top 100 Speeches of the 20th Century (listed by rank). The convention was the first in New York City since the 103-ballot 1924 convention.
|1976 presidential election|
Carter and Mondale
|Date(s)||July 12–15, 1976|
|City||New York City|
|Venue||Madison Square Garden|
|Presidential nominee||Jimmy Carter of Georgia|
|Vice Presidential nominee||Walter Mondale of Minnesota|
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 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. 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.
Presidential vote tallyEdit
The following people had their names placed in nomination.
The tally at the convention was:
|Democratic National Convention Presidential nominee vote, 1976|
|Henry M. Jackson||10||0.33%|
|Fred R. Harris||9||0.30%|
|Hugh Carey, César Chávez, Leon Jaworski, Barbara Jordan, Ted Kennedy, George McGovern, Edmund Muskie, Jennings Randolph and Fred Stover||1 vote each||0.03% each|
The vice presidential tally was:
- Walter Mondale, 2,817 (94.28%)
- Carl Albert, 36 (1.21%)
- Barbara Jordan, 25 (0.84%)
- Ron Dellums, 20 (0.67%)
- Henry M. Jackson, 16 (0.54%)
- Gary Benoit, 12 (0.40%)
- Frank Church, 11 (0.37%)
- Fritz Efaw, 11 (0.37%)
- Peter F. Flaherty, 11 (0.37%)
- George Wallace, 6 (0.20%)
- Allard K. Lowenstein, 5 (0.17%)
- Edmund Muskie, 4 (0.13%)
- Philip Hart, 2 (0.07%)
- Thomas E. Morgan, 2 (0.07%)
- Mo Udall, 2 (0.07%)
- Al Castro, 1 (0.03%)
- Fred R. Harris, 1 (0.03%)
- Ernest Hollings, 1 (0.03%)
- Peter W. Rodino, 1 (0.03%)
- Josephine E. R. A. Smith, 1 (0.03%)
- Daniel Schorr, 1 (0.03%)
- Hunter S. Thompson, 1 (0.03%)
- Wendell Anderson, 1 (0.03%)
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!"
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- Democratic Party Platform of 1976 at The American Presidency Project
- Carter Nomination Acceptance Speech for President at DNC (transcript) at The American Presidency Project
- Text and audio of Barbara Jordan's keynote address
- List of members from various state delegations to convention
- Video of Carter nomination acceptance speech for President at DNC (via YouTube)
- Audio of Carter nomination acceptance speech for President at DNC
- Video of Mondale nomination acceptance speech for Vice President at DNC (via YouTube)
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