Biden told to ‘put your money where your mouth is,’ choose Atlanta for ‘24 DNC
Atlanta civil rights leaders are ratcheting up the pressure on the president to choose Atlanta for the 2024 Democratic convention.
ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - Atlanta civil rights leaders ratcheted up the pressure over the weekend on President Joe Biden to choose Atlanta as the site of the 2024 Democratic National Convention.
“As you make final preparations for your reelection campaign, we write to urge you to make one decision that will be immeasurably beneficial to the nearly 42 million Black Americans who you represent as president of the United States of America: Bring your nominating convention to the city of Atlanta, Georgia in 2024,” the March 3, 2023, letter said.
“By choosing Atlanta you can ensure that the millions spent on your nominating contest flow to Black businesses and you can send a message that when given the opportunity you and your party will literally put your money where your mouth is.”
The letter was signed by Dr. Bernice King, Cheryl Lowery, Felicia Bolden Mobley, Elisabeth Omilami Tamara, Deirdre and Cleon Orange and Al Vivian.
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The letter was followed by a March 4, 2023, op-ed in The Atlanta Journal Constitution, in which the outlet’s new published urged Biden to choose Atlanta. In late January, more than 60 Democratic mayors, state lawmakers, governors, congressmen and senators also sent a letter to Biden, urging him to select Atlanta as the site for the 2024 Democratic National Convention.
“Democratic turnout in the state of Georgia is the single greatest reason that you and Vice President Harris are in the White House today instead of Donald Trump,” the officials wrote in the Jan. letter, which was also sent to Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Jaime Harrison.
Mayor Andre Dickens and U.S. Rep. Nikema Williams hosted top DNC officials last summer. Atlanta, New York City and Chicago are reported to be the finalists to host the convention.
Last May, Dickens announced the city would submit a formal bid to host the nominating convention. “We’re going to do everything in our power to bring the 2024 Democratic National Convention to Atlanta, Georgia,” Dickens told Democrats at their annual state party dinner.
The last - and only - time Atlanta has hosted a political convention was 1988, when Democrats nominated former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis to face Vice President George H.W. Bush. Dukakis had just won a hotly contested nomination battle over Jesse Jackson, while Bush was seeking to take advantage of then-President Ronald Reagan’s vast national popularity.
Bush trounced Dukakis that November, carrying 40 states and winning 426 electoral votes. That was also the last election a presidential candidate won more than 400 electoral votes.
The 1988 Democratic convention was held at the Omni, now the site of State Farm Arena. Gov. Joe Frank Harris led Georgia’s delegation, which included former President Jimmy Carter and then-U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn.
On July 20, then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton formally nominated Dukakis. Clinton would win his party’s White House nomination four years later and eventually unseat President Bush, becoming the first Democrat to occupy the White House since Carter.
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