Joe Biden will not travel to Milwaukee to formally accept the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination under his party’s convention amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, the Democratic National Committee said Wednesday.
Biden will accept his nomination practically from his home state of Delaware, DNC reported. Other planned speakers, including Biden’s potential partner, will now deal with the convention remotely, the commission said. – a move that actually makes the event completely virtual.
“From the very beginning of this pandemic, we have put the health and safety of the American people first. We followed science, listened to doctors and public health experts, and continued to make adjustments to our plans to protect lives. America deserves this kind of stable and responsible leadership. And that̵
Perez said the decision to make the convention on Aug. 17 and 20 entirely virtual came after “ongoing consultations with public health officials and experts,” which he said “underscores the deteriorating coronavirus pandemic.”
The change in plans means an even more significantly reduced convention in the face of the raging epidemic. The announcement comes just weeks after DNC said Biden planned to accept the nomination, but that the rest of the event would be almost entirely virtual.
In late June, DNC said publicly that delegates had been told to stay home due to COVID-19 concerns, but Biden would accept the nomination in person in Milwaukee.
More than 158,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, while there are nearly 4.8 million confirmed cases of the virus in the United States
Wisconsin has had a steady increase in confirmed cases since July.
Perez reiterated that the convention will show only two hours of programming each of its four nights, from 21:00 to 23:00 ET. He said the committee had set up a “personalized virtual video surveillance room” to “take hundreds of shows from across the country”.
DNC originally planned to hold the convention in Milwaukee in July, but it was postponed to August because of COVID-19 to give planners more time to decide how to proceed.
Wisconsin, which Trump won with a slim margin in 2016, is a key state of the battlefield that Democrats will gain in November. At the congress, Democrats will officially nominate Biden as their candidate.