The Democratic convention reached a dull climax in New York's Madison Square Garden on Thursday (14 August) when President Carter formally accepted the party nomination for the presidential campaign.
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CARTER: "Fellow Democrats, fellow citizens, I thank you for the nomination you've offered me. And I have a special thank-you for choosing as my running mate the best partner any president ever had -- Fritz Mondale. I'd like to say a personal word to Senator Kennedy: 'Ted, you are a tough competitor and a superb campaigner, and I can attest to that. Your speech before this convention was a magnificent statement of what the Democratic Party is, and what it means to the people of this country, and why a Democratic victory is so important this year. I reach out to you tonight, and I reach out to all those who supported you in your valiant and passionate campaign. Ted, your party needs, and I need you.'"
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Background: The Democratic convention reached a dull climax in New York's Madison Square Garden on Thursday (14 August) when President Carter formally accepted the party nomination for the presidential campaign. Observers said the President's acceptance, which was to have been 'the speech of his life', did not raise high passions among delegates on the convention floor. He did however, offer conciliatory words to Senator Edward Kennedy, who had carried his fight for the nomination into the convention.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Carter had come to Madison Square Garden a beleaguered figure, shortly after having suffered the worst opinion polls of any serving president. But he had kind words for many people.
It's felt that a vital factor in Mr. Carter's bid to defeat the Republican candidate, Mr. Ronald Reagan, will be the degree of help he gets from Senator Kennedy and his followers. The senator had earlier told the convention he would support and work for President Carter's re-election. But Senator Kennedy's visit to the platform was described by one British journalists as "brief, chill and perfunctory." He had not left his hotel until Mr. Carter had finished his speech, and offered only a slight smile and formal handshake. Many of the senator's supporters had already left the hall. Many consider Mr. Carter as too conservative for a Democratic leader.