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DNC to Host an Almost Entirely Virtual Convention Amid Surge in COVID-19 Cases

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The Democratic National Convention Committee on Wednesday announced plans to host a scaled-back, largely virtual convention as coronavirus cases surge in several cities. Former Vice President Joe Biden will accept the nomination in Milwaukee, and the Wisconsin city will serve as an anchor for “both live broadcasts and curated content” from other satellite locations across the country.

“Leadership means being able to adapt to any situation,” DNC Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement. “That’s exactly what we’ve done with our convention. Unlike this president, Joe Biden and Democrats are committed to protecting the health and safety of the American people. I couldn’t be prouder of the way our team has organized and mobilized to get out the vote and ensure a successful convention anchored in Wisconsin, and I’m grateful for the extraordinary leadership of our partners in the city of Milwaukee. Donald Trump’s days in the Oval Office are numbered.”

The committee announced that the DNC will include four nights of programming from Aug. 17 to 20, led by nine-time Emmy-award winning producer Ricky Kirshner. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) will serve as the convention chair. In addition, convention proceedings will be moved from the planned Fiserv Forum to the Wisconsin Center, located downtown. 

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