- Former Vice President Joe Biden will no longer be traveling to Milwaukee to formally accept his Democratic presidential nomination.
- The Democratic National Convention Committee announced on Wednesday that all speakers will not travel to the city this month, citing coronavirus concerns.
- After the pandemic shifted the in-person convention online, Biden had still planned to go to the city for his virtual speech.
- Biden will now give his speech from Wilmington, Delaware, where he lives.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden will no longer travel to Milwaukee this month to formally accept his Democratic presidential nomination.
The Democratic National Convention Committee announced on Wednesday that Biden will instead be giving his virtual acceptance speech from Wilmington, Delaware, where he lives.
“After ongoing consultation with public health officials and experts — who underscored the worsening coronavirus pandemic — the Democratic National Convention Committee announced today speakers for the 2020 Democratic National Convention will no longer travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin,” a DNCC statement read, “to prevent risking the health of our host community as well as the convention’s production teams, security officials, community partners, media and others necessary to orchestrate the event.”
The latest change to the 3-day event scheduled for Aug. 17-20 comes after several alterations have been made as a result of the public health crisis. The convention was originally supposed to be held in July and at a bigger site, but was postponed and downsized due to the pandemic.
Though the ceremony is being conducted virtually, Biden had still planned to appear in Milwaukee to deliver his acceptance speech.
“From the very beginning of this pandemic, we put the health and safety of the American people first,” DNC Chair Tom Perez said in a statement. “We followed the science, listened to doctors and public health experts, and we continued making adjustments to our plans in order to protect lives. That’s the kind of steady and responsible leadership America deserves. And that’s the leadership Joe Biden will bring to the White House.”
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The Biden campaign did not immediately return a request for comment Wednesday.
Biden has continued to host in-person, socially distanced campaign events in his home state of Delaware, wearing a mask when speaking to small crowds. He also has appeared on cable news segments and participated in virtual interviews from his home during the pandemic.
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