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1984 Democratic National Convention

1984 Democratic National Convention
1984 Presidential Election
Mondale and Ferraro
Date(s) July 16 - July 19, 1984
City San Francisco, California
Venue Moscone Center
Keynote speaker Gov. Mario Cuomo of New York
Presidential nominee Walter Mondale of
Vice Presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro of
New York
The Moscone Center was the site of the 1984 Democratic National Convention

The 1984 National Convention of the U.S. Democratic Party was held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California from July 16 to July 19, 1984, to select a candidate for the 1984 United States presidential election. Former Vice President Walter Mondale was nominated for President and Representative Geraldine Ferraro of New York was nominated for Vice President. Ferraro became the first woman to be nominated by either major party for the Presidency or Vice-Presidency. In another first, the 1984 Democratic Convention was chaired by the female governor of Kentucky, Martha Layne Collins.[1] The Democratic National Committee Chairman at the time, Charles T. Manatt, led the convention.


  • Events of the Convention 1
  • Voting 2
    • President 2.1
    • Vice-President 2.2
  • See also 3
  • References 4

Events of the Convention

Walter Mondale was nominated for President.

Geraldine Ferraro was nominated for Vice President, and gave a speech that was listed as #56 in American Rhetoric's Top 100 Speeches of the 20th Century (listed by rank).[2][3]

New York Governor Mario Cuomo gave a well-received keynote speech. Mondale's major rivals for the nomination, Senator Gary Hart and Rev. Jesse Jackson, also gave speeches.

Jackson also attempted to move the party's platform farther to the left at the Convention, but without much success. He did succeed in one instance, concerning affirmative action.[4]

"AIDS poster boy" Bobbi Campbell gave a speech at the National March for Lesbian and Gay Rights, dying of AIDS complications a month later.[5]



The candidates for U.S. president earned the following numbers of delegates:[6]

Democratic National Convention presidential vote, 1984
Candidate Votes Percentage
Walter Mondale 2,191 (56.41%)
Gary Hart 1,201 (30.92%)
Jesse Jackson 466 (12.00%)
Thomas Eagleton 18 (0.46%)
George McGovern 4 (0.10%)
John Glenn 2 (0.05%)
Joe Biden 1 (0.03%)
Martha Kirkland 1 (0.03%)
Totals 3,884 100.00%

Jesse Jackson unsuccessfully called for the suspension of the party's electoral rules to give him a number of delegates closer to the 20% average share of the vote he garnered during the primaries. The system tended to punish shallow showings as yielding no delegates at all, hence Jackson's smaller delegate count than would be expected (12%).[4]


Geraldine Ferraro was nominated as the first woman to receive a major party nomination by acclamation on a voice vote. She gave a speech, which was listed as #56 in American Rhetoric's Top 100 Speeches of the 20th Century (listed by rank).[2][7]

See also


  1. ^ Ferraro, Geraldine. (1986). Ferraro: My Story. Bantam, New York, New York.  
  2. ^ a b Michael E. Eidenmuller (2009-02-13). "Top 100 Speeches of the 20th Century by Rank". American Rhetoric. Retrieved 2015-10-27. 
  3. ^ Michael E. Eidenmuller (1984-07-19). "Geraldine Ferraro - 1984 Vice Presidential Nomination Acceptance Address". American Rhetoric. Retrieved 2015-10-27. 
  4. ^ a b "The Jackson Factor".  
  5. ^  
  6. ^ Our Campaigns - US President - D Convention Race - Jul 16, 1984
  7. ^ Michael E. Eidenmuller (1984-07-19). "Geraldine Ferraro - 1984 Vice Presidential Nomination Acceptance Address". American Rhetoric. Retrieved 2015-10-27. 
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