The 1980 National Convention of the U.S. Democratic Party nominated President Jimmy Carter and Vice President Walter Mondale for reelection. The convention was held in Madison Square Garden in New York City from August 11 to August 14, 1980.
|1980 presidential election|
|Date(s)||August 11–14, 1980|
|City||New York City|
|Venue||Madison Square Garden|
|Notable speakers||Ted Kennedy|
|Presidential nominee||Jimmy Carter of Georgia|
|Vice presidential nominee||Walter Mondale of Minnesota|
|Votes needed for nomination||1,674|
|Results (president)||Carter (Georgia): 2,129.02 (63.63%)|
Kennedy (Massachusetts): 1,150.48 (34.38%)
Carey (New York): 16 (0.48%)
Proxmire (Wisconsin): 10 (0.30%)
Others: 40.5 (1.21%)
|Results (vice president)||Mondale (Minnesota): 2,428.7 (72.91%)|
Not Voting: 723.3 (21.72%)
Scattering: 179 (5.37%)
The 1980 convention was notable as it was the last time in the 20th century, for either major party, that a candidate tried to get delegates released from their voting commitments. This was done by Senator Ted Kennedy, Carter's chief rival for the nomination in the Democratic primaries, who sought the votes of delegates held by Carter.
After losing his challenge for the nomination earlier that day, Ted Kennedy spoke on August 12 and delivered a speech in support of President Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party. Kennedy's famous speech eventually closed with the lines: "For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end. For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die." His speech was written by Bob Shrum.
Various prominent delegates to this convention included Abe Beame, Geraldine Ferraro, Bruce Sundlun, Ruth Messinger, Thomas Addison, Ed Koch, Robert Abrams, Bella Abzug, Mario Biaggi, Steve Westly, and Howard Dean.
Delegate voting results
|Democratic National Convention presidential vote, 1980|
|Jimmy Carter (inc.)||2,123||64.04%|
|Koryne Kaneski Horbal||5||0.15%|
|Scott M. Matheson||5||0.15%|
|Hugh L. Carey||1||0.03%|
|Thomas J. Steed||1||0.03%|
After Ted Kennedy lost the presidential nomination contest, over 700 of his delegates walked out of the convention, and the rest decided to scatter their votes. It took several roll calls to conclude the ballot.
As of 2020, the is the last time that the Democratic Party has required a roll call for the Vice Presidential spot.
Vice Presidential tally:
|Democratic National Convention Vice presidential vote, 1980|
|Walter Mondale (inc.)||2,429||72.90%|
|Roberto A. Mondragon||19||0.57%|
|Patricia Stone Simon||11||0.33%|
|Tom Daschle (under 35 years old)||10||0.30%|
|Richard M. Nolan||4||0.12%|
|Patrick Joseph Lucey||3||0.09%|
|George S. Broody||1||0.03%|
|Michelle Kathleen Gray (under 35 years old)||1||0.03%|
|Michael J. Harrington||1||0.03%|
|Eunice Kennedy Shriver||1||0.03%|
|Mary Ann Kuharski||1||0.03%|
|George Orwell (non-American, deceased)||1||0.03%|
|Charles Prine, Sr.||1||0.03%|
|William A. Redmond||1||0.03%|
The President's acceptance speechEdit
President Carter gave his speech accepting the party's nomination on August 14. This was notable for his gaffe intended to be a tribute to Hubert Humphrey, whom he referred to as "Hubert Horatio Hornblower".
On November 4, President Carter and Vice President Mondale lost to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush in the general election, having lost both the popular election by 8,423,115 votes and the Electoral College by 440 votes.
- Auletta, Ken. "Kerry's Brain." The New Yorker. 20 Sept. 2004.
- "US President - D Convention Race - Aug 11, 1980". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2011-01-22.
- Our Campaigns - US Vice President - D Convention Race - Aug 11, 1980
- "Carter Blows the Horn Of the Wrong Horatio". The New York Times. August 15, 1980.
- 1980 Presidential General Election Results
- Democratic Party Platform of 1980 at The American Presidency Project
- Carter Nomination Acceptance Speech for President at DNC (transcript) at The American Presidency Project
- Text and Audio of Ted Kennedy's Address
- List of members from various state delegations to convention
- Speech by Melvin Boozer
- Video of Carter nomination acceptance speech for President at DNC (via YouTube)
- Audio of Carter nomination acceptance speech for President at DNC[permanent dead link]
- Video of Mondale nomination acceptance speech for Vice President at DNC (via YouTube)
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