1976 Democratic National Convention
|1976 Presidential Election|
Carter and Mondale
|Date(s)||July 12 - July 15|
|City||New York City|
|Venue||Madison Square Garden|
|Presidential nominee||Fmr. Gov. Jimmy Carter of
|Vice Presidential nominee||Sen. Walter Mondale of
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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 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. The convention was the first in New York since the 103-ballot 1924 convention.
By the time the convention opened Carter already had more than enough delegates to win 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 tally at the convention was:1
- Jimmy Carter - 2,239 (74.48%)
- Mo Udall - 330 (10.98%)
- Jerry Brown - 301 (10.01%)
- George Wallace - 57 (1.90%)
- Ellen McCormack - 22 (0.73%)
- Frank Church - 19 (0.63%)
- Hubert Humphrey - 10 (0.33%)
- Henry M. Jackson - 10 (0.33%)
- Fred R. Harris - 9 (0.30%)
- Milton Shapp - 2 (0.07%)
- Robert Byrd - 2 (0.07%)
- Hugh Carey, César Chávez, Leon Jaworski, Barbara Jordan, Ted Kennedy, George McGovern, Edmund Muskie, Jennings Randolph, Fred Stover - each 1 vote (0.03%)
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.2 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.
The vice presidential tally, in part, was:
- Walter Mondale 2837
- Speaker of the House Carl Albert 36
- Ronald Dellums 20
- Fritz Efaw 12
- Barbara Jordan 17
- Others 53
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!"4
- Our Campaigns - US President - D Convention Race - Jul 12, 1976
- Frum, David (2000). How We Got Here: The '70s. New York, New York: Basic Books. p. 322. ISBN 0-465-04195-7.
- Virtual Tour: Race to the White House
- Frum, David (2000). How We Got Here: The '70s. New York, New York: Basic Books. p. 301. ISBN 0-465-04195-7.
- Text and audio of Jimmy Carter's Address Accepting the Presidential Nomination
- Text and audio of Barbara Jordan's keynote address
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