“To protect public health,” White House candidate Joe Biden did not personally accept his nomination for the Democratic convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, organizers said Wednesday.
White House Democrat candidate Joe Biden does not personally accept his nomination for the Democratic convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, “for the protection of public health.” This was announced on Wednesday, August 5 by the organizers of the event, scheduled for August 17-20.
The latter stated that they had taken this decision “after consultation with public health officials and experts, who highlighted the exacerbation of the coronavirus pandemic”. Joe Biden will give his speech to formalize his candidacy from Delaware, where he lives, they said. Time and place will be announced “later”.
None of the speakers scheduled to speak will travel to Milwaukee, organizers add, making the conference virtually virtual.
The big Democratic speeches will be broadcast every night from 9pm to 11pm, from 17 to 20 August, organizers said, while the Americans will be able to intervene during the video conference “across the country”.
“This ‘unconventional’ conference will launch Joe Biden to victory in November,” said organizer Joe Solmonese.
Donald Trump plans to speak from the White House
His rival, President Donald Trump, said earlier on Wednesday that he planned to give his speech by accepting the Republican nomination for the November 3 presidential election from the White House, without participating in the Republican convention either.
High masses in American political life, conventions usually mark the official start of the election campaign. Thousands of people come to participate in the speeches of the candidates and their supporters, which are broadcast live on all major channels.
Covid-19, which has killed more than 156,000 people in the United States, has completely turned the election campaign upside down, making any election rally impossible.
Despite this subdued campaign, mainly conducted from his home in Wilmington, Delaware, Joe Biden, 77, is ahead of Donald Trump, 74, in the polls.
The Republican president has a privileged “podium” with his speeches in the White House. But the latter has been heavily criticized for his handling of the pandemic and the organization of meetings and travel in the middle of the crisis, where he appeared mostly without a mask.