2008 Democratic National Convention

2008 Democratic National Convention
2008 presidential election
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Obama and Biden
Date(s)August 25–28, 2008
CityDenver, Colorado, U.S.
VenuePepsi Center (August 25 – August 27)
Invesco Field at Mile High (August 28)
ChairNancy Pelosi of California
Keynote speakerMark Warner of Virginia
Notable speakersMichelle Obama
Ted Kennedy
Hillary Clinton
Bill Clinton
John Kerry
Al Gore
Dick Durbin
Presidential nomineeBarack Obama of Illinois
Vice Presidential nomineeJoe Biden of Delaware
Other candidatesHillary Clinton
Total delegates4,419
Votes needed for nomination2,210
Results (President)Obama (IL): 3,188.5 (72.15%)
Clinton (NY): 1,010.5 (22.87%)
Abstaining: 1 (0.00%)
Not Voting: 219 (4.96%)
Results (Vice President)Biden (DE): 100% (Acclamation)
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The United States 2008 Democratic National Convention was a quadrennial presidential nominating convention of the Democratic Party where it adopted its national platform and officially nominated its candidates for President and Vice President. The convention was held in Denver, Colorado, from August 25 to August 28, 2008, at Pepsi Center. Senator Barack Obama from Illinois gave his acceptance speech on August 28 at Invesco Field in what the party called an "Open Convention".[1][2] Denver last hosted the Democratic National Convention in 1908. Obama became the party's first nonwhite nominee, and nominee of African descent, for President. Senator Joe Biden from Delaware was nominated for Vice President.

Obama officially received the nomination for President on August 27, when his former opponent, U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton of New York, interrupted the official roll call to move that Obama be selected by acclamation.[3] U.S. Senator Joe Biden of Delaware accepted the nomination for Vice President on the same night. Obama accepted his nomination the following night in a speech at Invesco Field before a record-setting crowd of 84,000 people in attendance.[2]


Permanent Chair Nancy Pelosi speaks during a press conference at the Colorado Convention Center the day before the start of the convention, flanked by the three co-chairs.

Howard Dean presided over the political party in his capacity as Chair of the Democratic National Convention. From the national committee, Leah D. Daughtry served as chief executive of the Democratic National Convention Committee.[4] Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi served as permanent Chair of the Convention. Sharing in her responsibilities in the convention were three co-chairmen: Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, Texas State Senator Leticia R. Van de Putte, and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin.[5]