Joe Biden will not accept the Dem presidential nomination in Milwaukee, citing concerns over rising COVID-19 cases in the state.
The convention in a statement today revealed Biden would instead accept the nomination from his home in Delaware, after earlier saying he would still attend the highly downsized Democratic National Convention in the state’s largest city.
“Vice President Joe Biden will no longer travel to Milwaukee and will instead address the nation and accept the Democratic nomination from his home state of Delaware,” the convention said in a statement, citing health and safety concerns brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
All other convention speakers will also no longer attend the event in person in an attempt to protect the health of both Milwaukeeans and convention teams.
“From the very beginning of this pandemic, we put the health and safety of the American people first,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez in a statement. “We followed the science, listened to doctors and public health experts, and we continued making adjustments to our plans in order to protect lives.”
Gov. Tony Evers says the decision reflects Democrats’ “commitment to putting health and safety first.”
“It has never been more important for elected officials to lead by example—that’s the kind of leader Joe is, and that’s the kind of president we need,” Evers said. “I know he will continue to have a presence in Wisconsin, virtually or otherwise, and I look forward to doing everything we can to win Wisconsin.”
The convention is set to begin less than two weeks from now from Aug. 17-20, though in a much more limited and mostly virtual capacity compared to expectations before the pandemic.
The DNC had previously pushed its mid-July date to August citing COVID concerns. And in June it had said Biden would attend the limited event in-person. But a campaign spokesman at the time added it was still “considering a variety of formats,” and what the event actually looks like would still depend on the state of the pandemic leading up to the convention.
Analysts originally predicted the DNC would inject some $200 million into the local economy.
See the release here.