Joe Biden won’t be traveling to Milwaukee for the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
And neither will any of the other speakers who will address the now mostly virtual convention.
Biden will accept the party’s presidential nomination from his home in Delaware.
Biden’s campaign had previously said he intended to be at the convention.
In a statement, organizers said: “After ongoing consultation with public health officials and experts — who underscored the worsening coronavirus pandemic — the Democratic National Convention Committee announced today speakers for the 2020 Democratic National Convention will no longer travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin 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.”
Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez said: “From the very beginning of this pandemic, we put the health and safety of the American people first. 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.”
The Milwaukee convention is now just a shell of what was originally envisioned.
When the city landed the event more than a year ago, it was hoped that 50,000 people would travel to Milwaukee for four non-stop days and nights of politics.
But the coronavirus pandemic upended plans. The original conventions dates were moved back a month and degates were told to stay away.
And now, there won’t even be any speakers in Milwaukee.
“While we wish we could move forward with welcoming the world to beautiful Milwaukee in two weeks, we recognize protecting the health of our host community and everyone involved with this convention must be paramount,” Joe Solmonese, the convention’s chief executive said in a statement.
Solmonese added: “This convention will look different than any previous convention in history. It will reach more people than ever before, and truly be a convention across America for all Americans, regardless of which party you belong to or who you’ve voted for in previous elections. This ‘unconventional convention will launch Joe Biden to victory in November.”
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This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Joe Biden will not travel to Milwaukee for 2020 DNC