Joe Biden no longer plans to travel to the Milwaukee Democratic Convention website to accept the party’s candidacy for president, citing coronavirus problems.
Organizers of the convention said in a statement Wednesday that Biden would instead accept the Democratic nomination and deliver a speech from his home state of Delaware, and that other speakers would not go to Milwaukee.
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“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
The decision comes as both sides continue to drastically reduce their convention plans, with the pandemic still raging in many states and worrying about how gatherings of any size would affect proliferation.
It is unclear whether Biden, who is restricting participation in the campaign, will also be tested in the near future. He said last week that he had not been tested.
The Democratic Convention was originally scheduled to take place in mid-July at the Filurvi Forum in Milwaukee, the city’s main indoor arena. But as the coronavirus spread to the nation this spring, DNC moved the date of the convention by one month to the week of August 17. In June, officials announced they were downsizing from the arena to a much smaller convention center nearby,
Representatives of the Democratic Party in June also told approximately 4,000 delegates not to attend the congress in person and indicated how delegates would be able to vote for the party’s nomination and platform remotely. Party officials sent a letter last month to members of Congressional Democrats urging them not to attend the four-year-old national café in person.
Steps to reduce the private part of the convention have been taken as public health officials have continued to advise any major events to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
But although most of the congress will be held almost entirely online, Biden’s plan until Wednesday was to travel to Milwaukee and personally accept his party’s candidacy – and deliver a speech at the convention center on the last night of the meeting.
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President Trump, meanwhile, abruptly announced last month that he was repealing parts of the Republican National Convention, scheduled to take place in Jacksonville, Florida, on the week of Aug. 24.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) says “several hundred delegates” will be in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Aug. 24 for a convention that will include the official nomination of the president.
The RNC initially selected Jacksonville to host major parts of the convention in June after largely abandoning Charlotte over disagreements over the crowd’s coronavirus restrictions.
The president and Republican officials became angry after North Carolina Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina said he was unwilling to guarantee the RNA a full convention with an arena full of party officials, delegates and activists at Trump’s request.
But as coronavirus cases have risen in Florida over the past two months, the GOP announced in early July that it was reducing events in Jacksonville. This was followed by the president’s announcement a few weeks later that he was pulling on Jacksonville’s plug.
Even after moving most of the convention to Florida, RNC has always planned to conduct some business aspects of the Charlotte gathering, due in part to contractual obligations.
The RNC says they are still planning four days of conventional prime time programming.
A key question that remains is where the president will deliver a speech to accept a nomination for a prime ministerial convention. The president said in a broad interview with Fox and Friends on Wednesday that his campaign was considering giving him his White House address.
“We’re thinking about it,” Trump said when asked about the possibility. “It would be the easiest in terms of security. You know, they move with a lot of people, it’s a very expensive operation militarily. And so are law enforcement.” The Secret Service is fantastic. But it’s a big deal. “
Jackie Heinrich, Brooke Singman and Ali Rafa contributed to this report.