Nomination Acceptance Speeches and Messages

Presidential Nomination
Acceptance Speeches and Messages
1880 - 2020

Democratic Party     Democratic Party

Nominee Date Convention
Location
Length

did nominee
win state
hosting
convention?

in time in words
Joseph Biden August 20, 2020 Milwaukee, WI ** 24:28 3192 TBD  
Hillary Clinton July 28, 2016 Philadelphia, PA 56:34 5389 no  
Barack Obama September 6, 2012 Charlotte, NC 39:03 4474  no Video
Barack Obama August 28, 2008 Denver, CO 41:40 4652  yes Video
John F. Kerry July 29, 2004 Boston, MA 45:26 5166  yes Video
Albert Gore, Jr. August 17, 2000 Los Angeles, CA 50:20 5755  yes Video
William J. Clinton August 29, 1996 Chicago, IL 1:06:22 6997  yes Video
William J. Clinton July 16, 1992 New York, NY 53:02 4435  yes Video
Michael Dukakis July 21, 1988 Atlanta, GA 46:25 3316  no  
Walter F. Mondale July 19, 1984 San Francisco, CA 32:45 2418  no  
Jimmy Carter August 14, 1980 New York, NY 51:07 4655  no  
Jimmy Carter July 15, 1976 New York, NY 39:15 2932  no  
George McGovern July 14, 1972 Miami Beach, FL 30:23 2600  no Video
Hubert H. Humphrey August 29, 1968 Chicago, IL 36:33 3839  no Video
Lyndon B. Johnson August 27, 1964 Atlantic City, NJ 37:30 2297  yes  
John F. Kennedy July 15, 1960 Los Angeles, CA 21:31 2560  no Video
Adlai Stevenson August 17, 1956 Chicago, IL 36:42 3045  no  
Adlai Stevenson July 26, 1952 Chicago, IL 15:55 1723  no  
Harry S. Truman July 15, 1948 Philadelphia, PA 24:06 2688  no  
Franklin D. Roosevelt July 20, 1944 Chicago, IL nd 1769  yes  
Franklin D. Roosevelt July 19, 1940 Chicago, IL nd 3525  yes  
Franklin D. Roosevelt June 27, 1936 Philadelphia, PA nd 1998  yes  
Franklin D. Roosevelt July 2, 1932 Chicago, IL nd 4309  yes  
Al Smith August 22, 1928 Houston, TX nd 8302 no  
Woodrow Wilson September 2, 1916 St. Louis, MO* nd 5522 yes  
James K. Polk June 12, 1844 Baltimore, MD -- -- yes  
**Joseph Biden's 2020 acceptance address was delivered from the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, although the Democratic National Convention was held "virtually" from Milwaukee, Wisconsin due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Democratic Party     Republican Party

Nominee Date Convention
Location
Length

did nominee
win state
hosting
convention?

in time in words
Donald J. Trump August 27, 2020 Charlotte, NC*** 1:10:08 6959 TBD  
Donald J. Trump July 21, 2016 Cleveland, OH 1:14:40 5092 TBD Video
Mitt Romney August 30, 2012 Tampa, FL 37:19 4087  no Video
John McCain September 4, 2008 Saint Paul, MN 48:57 4340  no Video
George W. Bush September 2, 2004 New York, NY 1:02:07 5011  no  
George W. Bush August 3, 2000 Philadelphia, PA 52:10 4109  no  
Robert Dole August 15, 1996 San Diego, CA 56:58 5771  no  
George Bush August 20, 1992 Houston, TX 56:44 4867  yes  
George Bush August 18, 1988 New Orleans, LA 49:05 4469  yes Video
Ronald Reagan August 23, 1984 Dallas, TX 54:59 5060  yes Video
Ronald Reagan July 17, 1980 Detroit, MI 43:42 4640  yes Video
Gerald R. Ford August 19, 1976 Kansas City, MO 36:26 2895  no  
Richard Nixon August 23, 1972 Miami Beach, FL 41:11 4348  yes Video
Richard Nixon August 8, 1968 Miami Beach, FL 32:17 4664  yes Video
Barry Goldwater July 16, 1964 San Francisco, CA 40:14 3186  no  
Richard Nixon July 28, 1960 Chicago, IL 50:20 5356  no  
Dwight D. Eisenhower August 23, 1956 San Francisco, CA 37:50 4342  yes  
Dwight D. Eisenhower July 11, 1952 Chicago, IL nd 1131  yes  
Thomas E. Dewey June 24, 1948 Philadelphia, PA nd 1371  yes  
Thomas E. Dewey June 28, 1944 Chicago, IL nd 2293  no  
Wendell L. Willkie August 17, 1940 Philadelphia, PA nd 5588 no  
Herbert Hoover June 16, 1932 Chicago, IL n/a no  
Herbert Hoover August 11, 1932 Chicago, IL nd 7241  
Calvin Coolidge August 14, 1924 Cleveland, OH -- -- yes  
Warren G. Harding June 12, 1920 Chicago, IL * nd 6833 yes  
Charles E. Hughes June 10, 1916 Chicago, IL n/a yes  
William Howard Taft August 1, 1912 Chicago, IL --   no  
William Howard Taft July 28, 1908 Chicago, IL * nd 12,055 yes  
Theodore Roosevelt July 27, 1904 Chicago, IL * nd 2916 yes  
William McKinley July 12, 1900 Philadelphia, PA nd 2016 yes  
Benjamin Harrison September 3, 1892 Minneapolis, MN n/a yes  
Benjamin Harrison September 11, 1888 Chicago, IL n/a yes  
James A. Garfield July 12, 1880 Chicago, IL n/a yes  
Abraham Lincoln June 9, 1864 Baltimore, MD n/a yes  
Abraham Lincoln May 19, 1860 Chicago, IL --- yes  
*** Donald Trump's 2020 acceptance address was delivered from the South Lawn at the White House although the Democratic National Convention was held "virtually" from Charlotte, North Carolina due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

* These speeches were delivered at another location, not the nominating convention.

In 1932 Franklin Roosevelt was the first nominee to appear at a convention in person to accept the nomination.

nd = Time not determined due to a complete recording not available at the time this compilation was assembled, or the message was in writing.

Length in time was determined using video available in the C-SPAN archives. The time began when the nominee began speaking from prepared text, and excludes extended applause that may have occurred when the nominee was introduced, but before the prepared remarks began. Time ended when the nominee spoke the last word.

Word counts exclude any annotations, and exclude any audience reaction that may be included in the transcript. Microsoft Word was used to compute word counts.

Citation: Gerhard Peters. "Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speeches and Letters." The American Presidency Project. Ed. John T. Woolley and Gerhard Peters. Santa Barbara, CA: University of California. 1999-2020. Available from the World Wide Web: http://http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/nomination.php.