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Joe Biden formally nominated to be the 2020 Democratic candidate for President of the United States

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On the second night of the Democratic National Convention Tuesday, Joe Biden was formally nominated to be the 2020 Democratic candidate for President of the United States, after a “roll call across America” in which Democratic delegates and others from all 50 US states and seven territories cast their votes for the former vice president. ~

The DNC was originally slated to happen in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but due to the pandemic, the party moved almost the entire convention virtual, as its “Convention Across America” commenced Monday. Delayed by about a month, the DNC began Monday, Aug. 17 and runs through Aug. 20. Speeches will be streamed from 9 to 11 p.m. ET (6 to 8 p.m. PT) each night. The virtual convention opened on Monday night with a gathering featuring a diverse roster of Democratic Party loyalists,, ascending stars, former 2020 contenders, and even some Republicans (CBS). ~

In this virtual convention, delegates and speakers stay at home — virtually sending in their votes and giving their addresses. Due to COVID-19 concerns, Biden did not travel to Milwaukee and instead delivered his acceptance speech from his home in Delaware Tuesday night. Sen. Kamala Harris will be doing the same Wednesday evening. There have been pre-shows for each night, with the hip-hop podcast Behind the Rhyme starting a pre-show at 8 p.m. that streams on Twitch then turns into a simulcast of the convention. The popular liberal podcast Pod Save America, featuring four former Obama staffers, will also do its own pre-show ahead of the final night of the convention on Thursday (FOX). ~

The DNC’s speakers’ lineup has and will include several everyday Americans meant to represent a cross-section of the country. These people will showcase Joe Biden’s messages on combating the COVID-19, stemming gun violence, health care, and his opposition to Trump. Sen. Bernie Sanders and former first lady Michelle Obama headlined the first night of the all-virtual convention. In a statement responding to the convention, the Trump campaign said it was a “Hollywood-produced infomercial” and accused Biden of falling under the sway of the party’s “radical socialist” left (ABC). ~

ARTICLE: CARSON CHOATE

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