[The 90’s Election Specials raw: DNC Monday #1]

Raw footage for The 90's election specials. 1992 Democratic National Convention in New York, Monday #1. This footage of the first day of the convention centers on the Governor Bill Clinton staff backstage. John Hart organizes and coordinates the staff, mostly focusing on countering the demonstrations of Jerry Brown supporters.

00:00Copy video clip URL Footage from the Clinton convention headquarters in the Inter-Continental Hotel. Senator Al Gore greets staff and supporters. Audio levels are low.

02:29Copy video clip URL Young Clinton staffers talk about their role in the convention. One shows and describes the records they keep on delegates.

06:49Copy video clip URL Clinton convention manager John Hart discusses the stress and complexity of organizing the convention. He talks about the maneuvering involved in securing credentials and telling the 175 attendees that there are only 67 passes. He talks about getting a feel for Madison Square Garden.

10:06Copy video clip URL David Wilhelm talks to the camera. Other staffers try to organize and get people their passes.

15:14Copy video clip URL Staffer explains his choice of clothes. A man prepares signs for Clinton and says he’s made a few hundred already.

16:24Copy video clip URL Anthony Corrado and Hart enter the center for Clinton staff in Madison Square Garden.

19:00Copy video clip URL Staffer informs Hart about Brown supporters’ plans to blow whistles and chant “Let Jerry speak” the whole time.

21:00Copy video clip URL Hart’s mic picks up a conversation about Brown supporters. He says everything will be coming from the California section. He says that they will have the Brown supporters “buried” in the seating chart.

23:19Copy video clip URL Young staffer comes to Hart seeking credentials for visibility supporters.

24:56Copy video clip URL Hart speaks with the staffer who went to a meeting of Brown supporters. Hart works at a fast pace in the trailer as staff stay on the phone with those on the floor. Much concentration is on the Brown supporters.

41:52Copy video clip URL Hart outlines the plan to roll out their visibility in full force at the beginning of the keynote address. After making a phone call, they change the time to nine thirty, when television cameras start rolling. He says that they will ignore the Brown signs until then, saying “We will let them have their fun; then at nine thirty we crush them.”

48:38Copy video clip URL Footage of audience on the floor. Many hold signs and chant “Let Jerry speak!”

51:55Copy video clip URL The Clinton staff prepares to start a chant at the entrance of specific speaker. One staffer reports to Hart that a Congressman is livid about not having higher level credentials.

58:06Copy video clip URL Tape ends.

 

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