1992 Democratic National Convention

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1992 Democratic National Convention
1992 presidential election
Bill Clinton.jpg Al Gore, Vice President of the United States, official portrait 1994.jpg
Clinton and Gore
Date(s) July 13–16, 1992
City New York City
Venue Madison Square Garden
Keynote speaker Zell Miller
Presidential nominee Bill Clinton of Arkansas
Vice Presidential nominee Al Gore of Tennessee
Total delegates 4,201
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%)
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1988  ·  1996

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 Georgia Governor Zell Miller who said, "Not all of us can be born rich, handsome, and lucky, and that's why we have a Democratic Party" and added, "Our Commander in Chief talks like Dirty Harry but acts like Barney Fife." Other notable speakers included Democratic National Committee Chair Ron Brown, Elizabeth Glaser, and New York Governor Mario Cuomo.

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.[1] 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.

Casey Controversy

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.[2] After the convention was over, Casey told the New York Times, "I support the ticket. Period."[3] 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.[2]

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.[4]

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.[4][5][6]

Jerry Brown

Former California Governor Jerry Brown, who was still an active candidate with a large amount of delegates and had not withdrawn to support the clear nominee - thus not being given a speaker's spot by the convention organizers - addressed the convention to state his case for a "humility agenda" by seconding his own nomination.

The official Tally

Madison Square Garden, the site of the 1992 Democratic National Convention


Democratic National Convention presidential vote, 1992
Candidate Votes Percentage
Bill Clinton 3372 78.64%
Jerry Brown 596 13.90%
Paul Tsongas 289 6.74%
Robert P. Casey 10 0.02%
Rep. Pat Schroeder (CO) 5 0.01%
Larry Agran 3 0.0007%
Al Gore 1 0.0002%
Totals 4,288 100.00%

Vice President

Gore was nominated by acclamation on a voice vote.

See also


  1. Toner, Robin (October 6, 1992). "THE 1992 CAMPAIGN: Poll; Poll Finds Hostility to Perot And No Basic Shift in Race". The New York Times. Retrieved April 20, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Michael Crowley, "Casey Closed," The New Republic, September 16, 1996.
  3. Michael Decourcy Hinds, "Pennsylvania; Democratic Ticket Heads Into Fertile Territory," New York Times July 19, 1992, Section 1, Page 20
  4. 4.0 4.1 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. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Alan Cooperman (September 15, 2006). "Senate Candidate Speaks of Life, Faith". The Washington Post: A03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. ROBIN TONER (March 5, 2006). "To Democrats Hungry for Senate, a Pennsylvania Seat Looks Ripe". The New York Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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