Joe Biden to formally accept his presidential nomination virtually from his home state of Delaware


Vice President and Presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden will formally accept his presidential nomination virtually from his home state of Delaware (NBC News). ~

The announcement came on August 5th, citing COVID-19 concerns (CNN). Biden’s yet unannounced running mate will also be delivering their speech remotely. Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez stated that the convention, held August 17th through August 20th, will be held entirely virtual (NBC). ~

On June 24th, it was announced that the majority of the DNC would be held mostly online (CNBC). State delegations were not to come to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the convention was originally planned to be held (The Guardian). Wisconsin is a battle-ground state, where President Trump won by less than 1% in the 2016 election (The Guardian). Wisconsin has also seen a steady rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases since July (CDC). ~

Biden has stated that having an all-virtual convention was the “right thing to do” (NBC). Perez echoes this, saying that, “from the very beginning of this pandemic, we put the health and safety of the American people first. We followed the science, listened to the doctors and public health experts, and we continued making adjustments to our plans in order to protect lives” (NBC). CNN describes the change as “another blow for Milwaukee”, especially since conventions are usually “multi-day fundraising bonanzas… and are attended by thousands and have run more than $100 million each” (CNN).  ~

The Republican National Convention will likewise be taking precautions. After a full-capacity convention was called off at the original location of the event in Charlotte, North Carolina, the venue was moved to Jacksonville, Florida. However, escalating COVID-19 cases since the beginning of July in Florida prompted the President’s appearance to be called off and moved back to NC. The Aug. 21-24 event will culminate in President Donald Trump’s nomination and will have no more than 500 delegates per day at the Charlotte Convention Center and the Westin hotel, though NC officials announced more flexible guidelines for the convention to be more accommodating late last week. ~


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