The Democrat National Convention is right around the corner, and was slated to occur August 17-20 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. However, presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden will not travel to the badger state to accept the nomination over coronavirus fears.
SCOOP: Joe Biden is no longer traveling to Milwaukee to accept the Democratic nomination. His plans to travel to the convention have been scrapped because of coronavirus concerns.
— Tyler Pager (@tylerpager) August 5, 2020
Rather, Biden is expected to accept the nomination in his home state of Delaware with further details on the location of his speech expected in the coming days.
The DNC put out this statement today regarding the decision.
“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 in order 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.”
In accordance with this guidance, Vice President Joe Biden will no longer travel to Milwaukee and will instead address the nation and accept the Democratic nomination from his home state of Delaware. Details about the location of the speech will be released at a later time. Other speakers who had been planning to come to Milwaukee will not travel to the city.
“From the very beginning of this pandemic, we put the health and safety of the American people first. 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,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez.
You can see the remainder of their statement here.