, California
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August 14th - 17th 2000

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Convention Chairperson:
Terry McAuliffe of New York
Presidential Nominee:
Albert A. Gore, Jr. of Tennessee
Vice Presidential Nominee:
Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut

In 1960, Los Angeles hosted the 33rd Democratic National Convention, in which the youthful John F. Kennedy's received the nomination and eventually successful attained the presidency. Forty years later, the same mega-metropolis in the 'Golden State' hosted the Democrats' 43rd National Convention. In that quadrennial occasion, a hopeful Albert A. Gore Jr., who served as Vice President under Bill Clinton for two terms, hoped to campaign successfully into the Oval Office. This time, however, he wanted to enter as the commander-in-chief.

The week of the assembly was held from Monday, August 14th to Thursday, August 17th in the Y2K. The bash was in the Staples Center Arena, a structure boasting an area 900,000 square feet, or about 84,000 square meters. In addition, a hodgepodge of over 35,000 Democrats, press members, activists, party members, and lobbyists were expected to attend the estimated $35 million affair.

A haven for business related to the party, the convention also served as a venue for other messages. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, shortly following the GOP convention, Al Gore lambasted it as being "[T]he faded days and rusted ways of the old guard." Yet, even as Gore criticized his opponents, he and other conventioneers found themselves at odds with some protesters.

Even from the first day of the convention, protesters clamored regarding a gamut of issues, ranging from animal rights to abortion rights. So many protesters spread their messages that some pundits commented that an overwhelming presence and myriad of messages have rendered the gatherings less effective. To further complicate matters, following a 'Rage Against the Machine' concert on August 14th, clashes occurred between some concertgoers and police. Though the exact cause is uncertain, the confrontation led to injuries on both sides, with police firing 'less lethal' rubber bullets into crowds, while a few in the crowd pelted officers with various types of debris. This incident further disillusioned activists and compelled lawsuits against the city. Ultimately, the suits were settled for approximately $4.1 million dollars. Nevertheless, officials claim no wrongdoing on the part of the LAPD, but the suits were settled to avoid trial costs.

The themes for the weeks were from the first day to the fourth as follows: 'Prosperity and Progress,' 'New Heights: You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet,' [sic] 'Al Gore: A Principled Fighter,' and 'Al Gore's vision of the Future' Presidential aspirant Al Gore adopted the egalitarian and populist slogan of championing the causes of the 'People, Not the Powerful.' The Democrats' rally kicked off the first day far less tumultuously than violence was a tribute to women in the Democratic Party. In addition to the homage to many influential women within the party, the well known Hillary Clinton also gave an address, a strategy sure to reach out further to women constituents. Clinton?s articulation referred to such issues as the 'No Child Left Behind' Program, poverty, education, introduced Al Gore and his vice president pick former Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman. Following Mrs. Clinton's speech was her husband?s offering, part nomination, part tribute to the American people, part summary of his term in office, but above all, a closing to the chapter of his presidency.

As William Clinton prepared for his term to lapse, Gore and Lieberman were poised to accept their nominations. According to statistic published a political site TheGreenPapers.com, Gore needed 2170 of all the delegate votes. He and his running mate gained their respective honors, with Gore receiving all but nine of the 4338 delegate votes in the roll call vote. Unfortunately for the former Vice President Gore, his bid to upgrade to the presidency was unsuccessful-leaving him with an inconvenient truth indeed.


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