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1988 Democratic National Convention
1988 Presidential Election
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Date(s) July 18 - July 21
City Atlanta, Georgia
Venue The Omni
Keynote Speaker Ann Richards
Notable Speakers Ted Kennedy
Bill Clinton
Jim Hightower
Jimmy Carter
Walter Mondale
George McGovern
Jesse Jackson
Presidential Nominee Gov. Michael Dukakis (MA)
Vice Presidential Nominee Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (TX)
Total Delegates 4,105
Votes Needed for Nomination 2,054
Results (President) Dukakis (MA): 2,877 (70.09%)
Jackson (DC): 1,219 (29.70%)
Stallings (ID): 3 (0.07%)
Biden (DE): 2 (0.05%)
Gephardt (MO): 2 (0.05%)
Bentsen (TX): 1 (0.02%)
Hart (CO): 1 (0.02%)
Ballots 1
1984  ·  1992

The 1988 National Convention of the U.S. Democratic Party was held at The Omni in Atlanta, Georgia from July 18–July 21, 1988 to select a candidate for the 1988 United States presidential election. At the convention Gov. Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts was nominated for President and Senator Lloyd Bentsen of Texas for Vice President. The chair of the convention was Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Jim Wright.


Notable speakers

In one of the subsequent presidential debates, when questioned about the general alleged "negativity" of the campaign, Bush cited the ad hominem attacks against him at the Convention as the root cause, an assertion not rebutted by Dukakis then or subsequently.


The organizers for the convention famously chose pastel colors as a background in the belief that they would appear better on television. They were patterned after the colors of the American flag in salmon, azure, and eggshell.[1] Republicans mocked the choice and used it to buttress their case that the Democrats were "soft" on the issues.[2] New Jersey governor Thomas Kean claimed at the Republican Convention that "The Dukakis Democrats will try to talk tough, but don't be fooled. They may try to talk like Dirty Harry, but they will still act like Pee Wee Herman." Kean continued that Democrats and Republicans alike "have no use for pastel patriotism... The liberal Democrats are trying to hide more than the colors in our flag; they are trying to hide their true colors."[1]




Delegate totals for presidential candidates:[3]


With Jackson's people demanding that he receive the Vice Presidency as his reward for coming in second, the Dukakis campaign decided to nominate Senator Bentsen by voice vote, rather than roll call vote.


Preceded by
San Francisco
Democratic National Conventions Succeeded by
New York


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