The Trivial Eye: Political Convention Keynote Speakers

by Jason Toon

When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took the stage for his keynote at the Republican National Convention Tuesday night, he joined an exclusive if somewhat random group of major-party keynote speakers. Sometimes these speeches turn politicians into stars (witness Barack Obama's 2004 Democratic address). More often, they don't (hands up, anybody who remembers a word Evan Bayh said at the '96 DNC). Here are eight of the more notable major-party keynoters of our time. Can you name them and the conventions they addressed? And for bonus points: which one is the only person to deliver a keynote at two major-party conventions?



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