Former Vice President Joe Biden will not travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to give his big acceptance speech for the Democratic Party presidential nomination as planned and will address the nation from Delaware, his campaign said in a statement.
The campaign said it made the decision to “avoid endangering” the health of the city of Milwaukee, as well as the rest of the team and journalists who were attending the Democratic National Convention, a large political party where the presidential candidate traditionally accepts the nomination.
Instead of traveling to Milwaukee, Biden will deliver his speech from Delaware, the state where he resides and which he represented in the Senate for 36 years.
A DIFFERENT DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION
Details on the speech site will be “released later,” the campaign said, and it also announced that the rest of the Democratic personalities who planned to attend the convention in person and give speeches will not be coming to Milwaukee.
“This convention will be different than any convention before in history,” Joe Solmonese, the Democratic National Convention’s executive director, said in the statement.
The convention will be held August 17-20 with a two-hour nightly schedule from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. local time that will be broadcast on television.
The programming will include connections to voters in different parts of the country, in an attempt by the Democratic Party to include the public in the convention.
In fact, Biden’s campaign has made a major effort to adapt to the new reality of the election campaign and today announced that it will invest $280 million in television and internet ads, the largest expenditure by any presidential candidate in history and twice as much as President Donald Trump.
TRUMP EVALUATES GIVING HIS SPEECH FROM THE WHITE HOUSE
For his part, Trump revealed Wednesday that he is considering giving his speech at the White House to accept the Republican Party’s nomination.
“Well, we’re thinking about it. It would be easier from a security point of view,” the president said in an interview with the conservative network Fox.
“We’re thinking about doing it from the White House because there’s no movement. It’s easy and I think it’s a beautiful setting and we’re thinking about it. It’s certainly one of the alternatives. It’s the easiest alternative, I think it’s a beautiful alternative,” he added.
That possibility immediately aroused the concern of some Democrats, who believe that Trump would be making unprecedented use of public goods for electioneering purposes.
The Republican Convention will be held August 24-27, and according to its Web site, some events are still scheduled to take place in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In mid-July, Trump fired his campaign manager, Brad Parscale, due to poor poll results that gave Biden a two-digit lead, mostly because of the president’s mishandling of the coronavirus crisis.
Currently, Biden would get 49.4% of the votes against 42.4% for Trump, according to the average of polls prepared by the website Real Clear Politics.