Biden cites virus in decision not to accept Democratic nomination in person

Organizers announce Joe Biden will not be attending the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee

The 2020 Democratic National Convention, scheduled to take place on August 17-20 in Milwaukee will not feature the presidential candidate on-site to make his acceptance speech.

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Joe Biden will not attend the event, and neither will the other speakers according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal. Concerns over the continuing spread of the deadly coronavirus have forced Democrats to shift to virtual proceedings.

The decision was to “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,” says a statement from official organizers, the MJS reports.

Biden will reportedly accept the party’s nomination from his home state of Delaware.

Democratic leaders say the decision to

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Biden won’t go to Milwaukee to accept Democratic nomination

Joe Biden will not travel to Milwaukee to accept the Democratic presidential nomination because of concerns over the coronavirus, party officials said Wednesday, signaling a move to a convention that essentially has become entirely virtual.

It is the latest example of the pandemic’s sweeping effects on the 2020 presidential election and the latest blow to traditional party nominating conventions that historically have marked the start of fall general election campaigns.

“From the very beginning of this pandemic, we put the health and safety of the American people first,” said Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez. “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.”

Neither the Biden campaign nor DNC officials offered details

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