Key takeaways from night 2 of the Democratic convention

Sustaining energy through four days of a political convention is never easy. It’s even more challenging during this, the first virtual convention. On the second night of the Democratic National Convention, party leaders tried to blend its past with its future.

Key takeaways from night two.


Joe Biden, who was formally nominated Tuesday night in a virtual roll call of states, doesn’t shy away from the obvious: He’s a 77-year-old white man leading a party that celebrates its racial and ethnic diversity and gets a majority of its votes from women.

He has at times offered himself as a bridge to bring together that coalition, calling himself a “transitional figure” for the party and the country.

Democrats tried to put that on vivid display, an ideological arc that spanned the New Democrat centrism of former President Bill Clinton to the new century progressive movement of Rep.

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Democrats show unity on first night of virtual convention

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In a unmistakable show of unity against a president they said threatened the nation’s democracy, liberals, progressives, moderates and even some Republicans came together for the opening night of the Democratic national convention on Monday, a virtual affair that culminated with an urgent plea from former first lady Michelle Obama to vote for Joe Biden “like our lives depend on it”.

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In her keynote address at a convention that had been truncated and conducted almost entirely online as a result of the public health crisis, Obama delivered a searing indictment of her husband’s successor. Confronting Donald Trump directly, she accused him of mishandling the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed more than 170,000 American lives and of failing to respond to the nationwide cries for racial justice.

The suffering felt across

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Republican John Kasich backs Biden at Democratic convention

From time to time in the course of history, the enemy of your enemy turns out to be Republican former Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

At the opening night of the Democrats’ virtual national convention, nominally held in Milwaukee but actually held online due to coronavirus concerns, Kasich addressed his rival party in a taped segment to say that he was backing the Democrat Joe Biden for the presidency.

“I’m a lifelong Republican, but that attachment holds second place to my responsibility to my country,” Kasich said in a video that showed him standing at a split in a gravel path, symbolizing two paths for the future. “That’s why I’ve chosen to appear at this convention. In normal times, something like this would probably never happen. But these are not normal times.”

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Read Michelle Obama’s full keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention

Former first lady Michelle Obama delivered the keynote speech for the first night of the Democratic National Convention on Monday, highlighting former Vice President Joe Biden’s experience and empathy for others.

“I know Joe. He is a profoundly decent man guided by faith. He was a terrific vice president,” Obama said. “He knows what it takes to rescue an economy, beat back a pandemic and led our country.”

Wearing a necklace that spelled out the word “vote,” Obama focused on the “consequences” of the Trump presidency, calling him the “wrong president for our country” who “cannot be who we need him to be for us.”

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Read Michelle Obama’s full speech:

Good evening, everyone. It’s a hard time, and everyone’s feeling it in different ways. And I

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What to Know About the Unprecedented, Virtual 2020 Democratic National Convention

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The Democratic National Convention is playing it safe this time around.

Amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the gathering took shape unlike any in the past: It is now centered around virtual programming each night from, 9-11 ET, rather than in-person events. The convention will be airing on TV and online.

The DNC shifted its plans out of health concerns as the pandemic continues, though less publicly than opponent President Donald Trump has done for the Republican National Convention. (Trump now says he plans to deliver his RNC remarks from the White House, after months of pushing for an in-person convention in both North Carolina and Florida.)

The DNC will not see any party delegates or speakers traveling to Milwaukee, in a reversal of what was planned as recently as earlier this month.

The upheaval reflects the unprecedented ways the

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Democrats embark on virtual convention for Biden without crowds

Democrats plunge Monday into the uncharted waters for the first of two weeks of virtual conventions to nominate their presidential candidates and grapple with ways to energize their supporters without the traditional crowds or pageantry.

Former Vice President Joe Biden will receive the Democratic mantle this week and Republicans will formally back President Donald Trump next week.

But for the first time ever, Democratic speeches will be delivered remotely, from across 50 states and seven territories, rather than in an arena filled with thousands of cheering supporters. A preview of the sound of silence arrived Wednesday, at Biden’s first joint appearance with Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate in a high school gym in Wilmington, Delaware. The eerie quiet risks dampening the excitement for everyone from the party’s rising stars to the nominees as they introduce themselves to a national audience.

The bigger threat is viewers tuning out. To

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virtual Democratic convention kicks off with emphasis on unity

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The Democratic national convention begins on Monday with a star-studded lineup and heavy emphasis on unity aimed at presenting Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the US’s best hope for healing a deeply divided nation reckoning with the parallel crises of a global pandemic and racial injustice.

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The party’s four-day presidential nominating convention has been entirely reshaped by the public health crisis. Originally planned for Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in mid-July, it has been forced into a compacted, virtual affair, renamed the “Convention Across America.”

The event, which usually draws thousands of the party faithful to a single city for days of celebrating, deal-making and politicking, will now take place from remote locations across the US. There will be no roaring crowd, bespoke thunder sticks or oversized balloons.

Biden is scheduled to formally accept the Democratic presidential

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US convention season set to begin, with (virtual) spotlight on Biden

As Democrats on Monday open an unprecedented virtual convention, the party’s disparate factions are projecting a united front behind Joe Biden, brought together by their common determination to oust Donald Trump in November’s election.

“It is absolutely imperative that Donald Trump be defeated,” Bernie Sanders, a former Biden rival and a keynote speaker on the event’s opening night, said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

Adding to the drama, the four-day convention — originally planned for the Midwestern city of Milwaukee but forced to go online by the COVID-19 pandemic — takes place amid a furor over Trump’s efforts to limit mail-in voting.

The president, insisting without proof that mail-in voting fosters fraud, has threatened to block extra funding that Democrats say is urgently needed to allow the US Postal Service to process millions of ballots.

In normal election years, nominating conventions are a raucous scene. Tens of thousands of party

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Biden won’t go to Milwaukee for convention; Chicago schools to start online; Florida surpasses 500,000 cases

Another pharmaceutical giant announced a vaccine deal with the U.S. on Wednesday while Joe Biden and the rest of the Democratic celebs bid adieu to Milwaukee’s political convention before the coronation train ever rolled into town.

Johnson & Johnson said it has a $1 billion agreement to supply 100 million doses of its vaccine candidate to the U.S. government. Also Wednesday, Moderna said it expects to fully enroll 30,000 people for a trial of its vaccine candidate next month. And a day earlier, Novavax released promising results of an early trial. 

Milwaukee’s 2020 Democratic National Convention suffers the same fate as Charlotte, where plans for a full-blown GOP convention have been whittled down to a few small gatherings later this month.

While the nation waits for a vaccine that could fully reopen schools and businesses, the University of Connecticut became the first top-level college program to cancel its football season.

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Trump Cancels Republican National Convention in Jacksonville Citing Coronavirus Concerns

The Republican National Convention will no longer hold events in Jacksonville, Fla., President Trump said Thursday, citing a coronavirus “flare-up” in the city.

“I looked at my team and I said the timing for this event is not right,” he said Thursday during a White House coronavirus briefing. “With what’s happened recently, the flare-up in Florida, to have a big convention, it’s not the right time.”

Delegates will still meet in Charlotte, North Carolina as planned, Trump said, but events in Jacksonville, including his nomination acceptance speech, will no longer be held in-person.

The convention had initially been scheduled to take place in its entirety in Charlotte, until the decision was made to split the convention between the two cities — a move prompted by North Carolina officials’ reluctance to ensure that President Trump would be able to accept his nomination in a packed arena.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna

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