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1996 Democratic National Convention
1996 Presidential Election
Bill Clinton.jpg Al Gore, Vice President of the United States, official portrait 1994.jpg
Date(s) August 26 - August 29
City Chicago, Illinois
Venue United Center
Keynote Speaker Evan Bayh
Notable Speakers Christopher Dodd
Mario Cuomo
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Christopher Reeve
Ted Kennedy
Presidential Nominee President Bill Clinton (AR)
Vice Presidential Nominee Vice President Al Gore (TN)
Total Delegates 4,289
Votes Needed for Nomination 2,147
Results (President) Clinton (AK): 4,277 (99.72%)
Abstaining: 12 (0.28%)
Results (Vice President) Gore (TN): 4,289 (100%)
Ballots 1
1992  ·  2000

The 1996 Democratic National Convention of the was held at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois from August 26 to August 29, 1996. Incumbent Democrat Bill Clinton was renominated for President of United States.


Site selection

Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, and San Antonio, were originally as host cities. On August 4, 1994, it was announced that Chicago had beat out the other finalist, San Antonio, for the right to host the convention. [1] This would mark the first time Chicago hosted any political convention since the violent 1968 Democratic National Convention.

Notable speakers

The convention's keynote speaker was Governor Evan Bayh of Indiana The nomination speech was given by Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut. Other notable speakers included former New York governor Mario Cuomo, First Lady of the United States Hillary Rodham Clinton, actor Christopher Reeve, House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, and other Senators Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, and John Kerry and Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts.


Clinton was nominated unanimously for a second term and Vice President Al Gore by voice vote.

Clinton and Gore went on to defeat Senator Bob Dole of Kansas and Jack Kemp in the November general election in an Electoral College landslide with a substantial popular vote margin.

Notable events

The original Broadway cast of Rent performed "Seasons of Love" at the end of the Convention.

Al Gore famously danced to the Marcarena while standing still.

See also

Preceded by
New York
Democratic National Conventions Succeeded by
Los Angeles

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