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Democratic National Convention 2020: All the Info to Know

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Update 7/12/2020:

Democratic nominee Joe Biden selected Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate. The two are scheduled to make remarks together from Wilmington, Delaware on Wednesday.




When is the Democratic National Convention?

The Democratic National Convention will be held August 17-20 from 9 pm to 11 pm each night.

Where can I watch it?

You can watch online at the convention's official website or on YouTube. The event is expected to air across television news channels as well.

How have they changed the layout in response to the pandemic?

The pandemic that's killed over 160 thousand Americans has left no facet of life in the United States untouched. The 2020 convention is no exception.

Originally slated for the crucial swing state of Wisconsin, the convention's speeches and performances will be fully virtual. Biden was expected to accept the nomination in person in Milwaukee, but recently announce that he'd be accepting virtually from his home state of Delaware.

That doesn't mean Democrats are expecting the convention to be less enthusiastic. They've labeled the event as a "convention across America."

Terry McAuliffe told the New York Times:

"The conventions as we traditionally have known them are no more, They will be more interactive and more digital, with more on social media."

Who is expected to speak?

Get ready for an all-star lineup—and some unexpected faces.


Both former President Bill Clinton and 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton will deliver speeches. Former First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver a speech at the end of the first night. Former President Barack Obama will speak on Wednesday. Senators Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will speak as well, along with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

Perhaps most interestingly, Politico also reports that the convention will feature a "night of unity," with a joint appearance from progressive Senator and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Ohio's conservative former Governor John Kasich, who vied for the Republican nomination in 2016 and urged his fellow Republicans to condemn President Donald Trump last year.

A variety of entertainers is expected to perform as well, though there is little speculation as to whom those will be.

But most importantly, nominee Joe Biden will be speaking on Thursday night to officially accept the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

Will you be tuning in on August 17?