- 1980 Democratic National Convention
1980 Democratic National Convention 1980 Presidential Election
Carter and Mondale
Convention Date(s) August 11 - August 14 City New York City Venue Madison Square Garden Candidates Presidential Nominee President Jimmy Carter (Georgia) Vice Presidential Nominee Vice President Walter Mondale (Minnesota) Voting Total Delegates 3,346 Votes Needed for Nomination 1,677 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%)
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The 1980 National Convention of the U.S. Democratic Party nominated President Jimmy Carter for President and Vice President Walter Mondale for Vice President. The convention was held in Madison Square Garden in New York City from August 11 to August 14, 1980.
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 Massachusetts Senator Edward M. 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, Kennedy spoke on August 12 and delivered a speech in support of President Carter and the Democratic Party. His speech 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." The 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.
The delegate tally at the convention was in part:
- Jimmy Carter – 2,129.02
- Ted Kennedy– 1,150.48
- Hugh Carey – 16
- William Proxmire – 10
- 14 others – 40.5
In the vice presidential roll call, Mondale was re-nominated with 2,428.7 votes to 723.3 not voting and 179 scattering. This was the last time during the 20th century that the Democratic Party had a roll call for the Vice Presidential spot.
The President's acceptance speech
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 vote by 8,423,115 popular votes and the electoral vote by 440 electoral votes.
- Democratic Party presidential primaries, 1980
- 1980 Republican National Convention
- U.S. presidential election, 1980
- ^ Auletta, Ken. "Kerry's Brain." The New Yorker. 20 Sept. 2004.
- ^ The New York Times, Aug. 15, 1980
- ^ 1980 Presidential General Election Results
- Text and Audio of Ted Kennedy's Address
- Carter acceptance speech
- List of members from various state delegations to convention
- Speech by Melvin Boozer
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