National Convention 1996

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1996 Libertarian National Convention
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Declare Your Independence
Dates: July 1996
Location: Washington, D.C.
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The 1996 Libertarian National Convention took place July 3 through July 7 in Washington, DC. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The theme for this convention was "Declare Your Independence." The national party announcement declared, "More than 1,000 Libertarian activists from across the nation will gather in Washington, DC, during the week of July 4, 1996, to participate in a history-making national convention. The activists will nominate presidential and vice-presidential candidates for the 1996 elections. Convention attendees also will gather on the front steps of the U.S. Capitol where more than 218 Libertarian Party candidates for the U.S. House will unveil the 'Libertarian Contract with America.' Make plans now for the biggest and best Libertarian Party national convention ever. The Libertarians will confront the Republican and Democratic parties where they live -- and Washington, DC, will never be the same!"

Outline of Events

Hyatt Regency in Washington DC
  • Opening Ceremonies at the Jefferson Memorial - An evening of liberty in words and music
  • Consideration and Review of the Libertarian Party National Platform - A poll of the delegates on all platform planks
  • Major Speakers and Panel Discussions - Foreign policy, economic freedom, and personal liberty
  • Music and Fireworks at the Smithsonian Mall - An evening of entertainment
  • The Libertarian Party 25th Birthday Party - A social event with food and entertainment
  • Nomination of the Presidential and Vice-Presidential Candidates - The team to carry the LP banner in November 1996
  • Workshops, Seminars, Training Sessions - Political action, public relations, persuasion, party organization
  • The Libertarian Contract with America - On the steps of the U.S. Capitol
  • The Presidential Banquet - A gala affair of awards and speeches
  • Election of Libertarian Party Officers - Selection of leadership for the following two years

Presidential and Vice-Presidential Ticket Nominations

Harry Browne won the presidential nomination.

Jo Jorgensen was chosen as the vice-presidential candidate.

Election of Officers

Steve Dasbach was re-elected as national chair.

Convention Materials

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