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

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Chicago, Los Angelesmarker, New Orleansmarker, New Yorkmarker, and San Antoniomarker, 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. [97225] 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 Indianamarker The nomination speech was given by Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticutmarker. Other notable speakers included former New Yorkmarker 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 Wisconsinmarker, and John Kerry and Ted Kennedy of Massachusettsmarker.


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 Kansasmarker 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.

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