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  • [1996 Democratic National Convention]

    00:00 Vietnam veterans speak at a ceremony held at Veterans Memorial Park along the Chicago Riverwalk, commemorating combat deaths and POWs from August 26-28, 1968. Their speeches center around the idea that these deaths have been overshadowed by the protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, and draw attention to the persistent problems of PTSD and homelessness among Vietnam veterans. 11:25 Girls in traditional Vietnamese dresses place white flowers in the Vietnam Veterans Reflection Pool while the names of fallen … Continue reading

  • [Joan Jett Blakk announces candidacy]

    00:00 Blakk hosts a press conference at an Ann Sathers, and fields questions from supporters and journalists. 01:08 The audience asks who Blakk will choose as a running mate. “We’re working on that. I’ll need a woman–a woman from not this part of the country, so it’s not too regional. But we’re looking.” 09:51 Joan Jett Blakk mingles with supporters over champagne and birthday cake. 13:33 Bill Stamets interviews a man wearing a “Joan Jett Blakk for President” pin. “We’ve … Continue reading

  • Libertarian Sci-Fi: Tape 2

    00:00 Short scenes from “World Science Fiction”, a libertarian-themed sci fi pageant put on at the Libertarian National Convention. 17:25 Don Ernsberger, a member of the Libertarian National Committee, talks to Bill Stamets about the significance of the convention being broadcast on CSPAN for the first time. “Personally, I see the next ten years to be a period of time where the Libertarian party catches on with the American people.” 19:53 Ernsberger explains how American politics favors a two-party model. … Continue reading

  • Joan Jett Blakk: Queer Nation’s Candidate for President, 1992

    01:41 Joan Jett Blakk introduces herself to the camera. “We started this campaign by running for mayor of Chicag0. Since there were no other queer candidates, I won!” 03:24 “We had the New Deal president, we had the Great Society president…I’m going to be the Beauty president.” 05:22 “The whole government is such a closed-shop affair…everyone has a voice, when I get elected.” 06:08 Jett Blakk talks about party-line politicians. “Republicans and Democrats–I think they’re all the same, myself. That’s … Continue reading

  • [Lamar Alexander, Phil Gramm campaign raw]

    00:00 Volunteers set up a breakfast buffet for campaign supporters. Reporters interview a man in line about changes to the Iowa Caucus. 02:01 Press conference with Lamar Alexander. Alexander puts on an apron and serves breakfast to supporters. 04:52 Alexander addresses supporters and talks about the importance of the Iowa Caucus amid the controversy of shifting primary dates. “There’s a little sideshow going on down in Louisiana today, which is nothing more than a media event which is designed to … Continue reading

  • [Tsongas, Bush, Daley, Buchanan]

    00:00 Niki Tsongas fights her way through a crowd of reporters and supporters to hand out Bush sandwiches (“the baloney’s inside!”). 05:25 Cut to a TV production room at ABC News Chicago, where footage of an election-night speech by George H.W. Bush is playing. Production assistants work to correct the tape for broadcast as Bush implores Chicagoans to reelect him. 19:54 Richard M. Daley reports to his local polling place to cast his vote. 27:59 Stamets interviews Mayor Daley. Daley … Continue reading

  • [Election Night at Tsongas Illinois]

    00:00 Footage of a preliminary hearing for the David Duke presidential campaign, whose place on the Illinois ballot was contested. 03:00 Dawn Larson, organizer of a petition to put David Duke on the ballot in Illinois, talks about her efforts to a reporter. “So you think that anyone who wants to run for president of the United States should be allowed to run?” “Absolutely.” She then talks about inconsistencies in the primary system, and points out that New Hampshire and … Continue reading

  • Bill Goes to San Diego: Tape 3

    00:16 A crowd chants “We Back Jack!” while carrying posters of the Jack-in-the-Box mascot. A man in the crowd explains that they support Jack-in-the-Box, not Jack Kemp; a woman says that they are are just having fun, and not making a statement about the Convention. 02:33 A man wearing a “Ditch the Bitch” t-shirt (in “honor” of Hillary Clinton) attests that Elizabeth Dole “is a great gal, an all-American woman.” 14:15  Bill meets with a professional clown working the convention … Continue reading