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1980 Democratic National Convention

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1980 Democratic National Convention
1980 presidential election
Carter and Mondale
Date(s)August 11–14, 1980
CityNew York City
VenueMadison Square Garden
Notable speakersTed Kennedy
Abe Beame
Geraldine Ferraro
Bruce Sundlun
Ruth Messinger
Thomas Addison
Ed Koch
Robert Abrams
Bella Abzug
Mario Biaggi
Steve Westly
Howard Dean
Presidential nomineeJimmy Carter of Georgia
Vice presidential nomineeWalter Mondale of Minnesota
Total delegates3,346
Votes needed for nomination1,674
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%)
‹ 1976 · 1984 ›
Madison Square Garden was the site of the 1980 Democratic National Convention
Carter and Mondale stand together at the end of the convention

The 1980 Democratic National Convention nominated President Jimmy Carter and Vice President Walter Mondale for reelection. 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 Senator Ted Kennedy, Carter's chief rival for the nomination in the Democratic primaries, who sought the votes of delegates held by Carter.

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Notable speakers

After losing his challenge for the nomination earlier that day, Ted Kennedy spoke on August 12 and delivered a speech in support of President Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party. Kennedy's famous speech eventually 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." His speech was written by Bob Shrum.[1]

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.[citation needed]




Delegate voting results[2]

Democratic National Convention presidential vote, 1980
Candidate Votes Percentage
Jimmy Carter (inc.) 2,123 64.04%
Ted Kennedy 1,151 34.72%
William Proxmire 10 0.30%
Koryne Kaneski Horbal 5 0.15%
Scott M. Matheson 5 0.15%
Ron Dellums 3 0.09%
Robert Byrd 2 0.06%
John Culver 2 0.06%
Kent Hance 2 0.06%
Jennings Randolph 2 0.06%
Warren Spannaus 2 0.06%
Alice Tripp 2 0.06%
Jerry Brown 1 0.03%
Dale Bumpers 1 0.03%
Hugh L. Carey 1 0.03%
Walter Mondale 1 0.03%
Edmund Muskie 1 0.03%
Thomas J. Steed 1 0.03%
Totals 3,315 100.00%

Vice president

After Ted Kennedy lost the presidential nomination contest, over 700 of his delegates walked out of the convention, and the rest decided to scatter their votes. It took several roll calls to conclude the ballot.

As of 2020, this is the last time that the Democratic Party has required a roll call for the vice presidential spot.

Vice Presidential tally:[3]

Democratic National Convention Vice presidential vote, 1980
Candidate Votes percentage
Walter Mondale (inc.) 2,429 72.90%
Melvin Boozer 48 1.44%
Ed Rendell 28 0.84%
Roberto A. Mondragon 19 0.57%
Patricia Stone Simon 11 0.33%
Tom Daschle (under 35 years old) 10 0.30%
Ted Kulongoski 8 0.24%
Shirley Chisholm 6 0.18%
Terry Chisholm 6 0.18%
Barbara Jordan 4 0.12%
Richard M. Nolan 4 0.12%
Patrick Joseph Lucey 3 0.09%
Jerry Brown 2 0.06%
George McGovern 2 0.06%
Eric Tovar 2 0.06%
Mo Udall 2 0.06%
Les Aspin 1 0.03%
Mario Biaggi 1 0.03%
George S. Broody 1 0.03%
Michelle Kathleen Gray (under 35 years old) 1 0.03%
Michael J. Harrington 1 0.03%
Frank Johnson 1 0.03%
Eunice Kennedy Shriver 1 0.03%
Dennis Krumm 1 0.03%
Mary Ann Kuharski 1 0.03%
Jim McDermott 1 0.03%
Barbara Mikulski 1 0.03%
Gaylord Nelson 1 0.03%
George Orwell (non-American, deceased) 1 0.03%
Charles Prine, Sr. 1 0.03%
William A. Redmond 1 0.03%
Jim Thomas 1 0.03%
Elly Uharis 1 0.03%
Jim Weaver 1 0.03%
William Winpisinger 1 0.03%
Abstained/absent 728 21.85%

The President's acceptance speech

President Carter gave his speech accepting the party's nomination on August 14. This was notable for his gaffe intended to be a tribute to Hubert Humphrey, whom he referred to as "Hubert Horatio Hornblower".[4]

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 election by 8,423,115 votes and the Electoral College by 440 votes.[5]



In addition to its 1976 stance that merely opposed overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1980 platform for the first time explicitly supported the Roe decision as the law of the land.

See also


  1. ^ Auletta, Ken. "Kerry's Brain." The New Yorker. 20 Sept. 2004.
  2. ^ "US President - D Convention Race - Aug 11, 1980". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2011-01-22.
  3. ^ Our Campaigns - US Vice President - D Convention Race - Aug 11, 1980
  4. ^ "Carter Blows the Horn Of the Wrong Horatio". The New York Times. August 15, 1980.
  5. ^ 1980 Presidential General Election Results

External links

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