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Biden to accept nomination in Milwaukee

Former Vice President Joe Biden will formally accept the Democratic nomination for president in Milwaukee at his party’s national convention. The event will take place in August.

The Biden campaign confirmed that Biden will be attendance in Milwaukee for the final night of the four-day convention but said the majority of the convention will be held online.

DNC Chairman Tom Perez said last week that his team will follow guidance from public health officials in their planning for the convention and indicated his team has the flexibility to do what is necessary.

“I’m looking forward to being in Milwaukee the week of August 17,” said Perez.

Democrat officials are working to hold a number of smaller convention events in battleground states, but spiking coronavirus cases is making that decision hard. Charlotte, Detroit, Philadelphia and Phoenix are a few of the cities under consideration. The gatherings in those cities would be live-streamed online or directly into the main convention center in Milwaukee. The DNC is working with large donors to see if they can raise the necessary funding to pull off a multi-city event.

The Biden campaign recently hired Addisu Demissie, who managed Sen. Cory Booker’s presidential campaign and Lindsay Holst, who served as Biden’s digital director when he was vice president, to plan the event logistics.

Due to the coronavirus, many large events have been in question. Both the Democratic and Republican Party conventions were in question as much of the country shut down during the pandemic. The DNC was originally scheduled to host their convention in Milwaukee in mid-July but pushed back until mid-August.

The RNC last week chose to host President Donald Trump’s nomination celebration in Jacksonville, FL after mostly abandoning Charlotte, NC due to disagreements with the state’s Democrat governor over crowd restrictions. Trump has made it clear he will accept the nomination in a packed arena.

Political conventions are often one of the most important parts of a presidential campaign. They allow surrogates to address large crowds and command a large television presence. The strange nature of this year’s conventions will no doubt take away some political capital from both parties.

PHOTO: Photo by Gage Skidmore

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