The 1996 Democratic National Convention
After 28 years, the Democrats returned to Chicago to stage a convention. The Democrats had nothing to fear when choosing Chicago. It was the birthplace of nominee Bill Clinton's wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and also a favorite of Clinton himself. Plus, the convention would take place in the United Center, just across the street from the site of three of FDR's nominations. The threat had changed from the demonstrators of the 1968 convention to terrorists, but the convention came off without a hitch.
The convention agenda was made for TV, minus the drama, and Clinton was duly nominated. The mid-term election had given Congress back to the Republicans, which made the President vulnerable, but he went on to soundly defeat Republican Bob Dole in the general election.
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