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This Day in Georgia History

August 27, 1996

Georgians at Democratic National Convention

Georgians played a prominent role in this night’s proceedings of the Democratic National Convention meeting in Chicago. First Gov. Zell Miller, co-chairman of the National Democratic Party’s platform committee, called the Republican Party to task for its platform and the personal attacks against Bill and Hillary Clinton. Georgia U.S. Representatives John Lewis and Cynthia McKinney defended the Democratic platform on abortion and Medicare. Perhaps the most moving speech of the night by a Georgian was by Carolyn Stradley of Marietta, who confided that she didn’t vote for Clinton in 1992 but that since his election her struggling business had dramatically grown because of the robust economy during the past four years. She felt Clinton was responsible, and in 1996 she was going to support him.