Democrats postpone coronavirus convention until August

Apr 2, 2020 10:45 PM ET

On Tuesday, during an interview with MSNBC, he said it was “hard to imagine” that the congress would take place as planned. The next day he was more energetic and said to The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, “I think it will have to go to August.”

“That was all he had to do,” said Leah Daughtry, who was the managing director of the 2008 and 2016 democratic conventions. “If the person who is the leader and most people consider the person who will receive the nomination expresses that strong opinion, I think everyone has to be careful.”

The change in the congress date will be a huge logistical feat, which will require, among other things, the rebooking of thousands of hotel rooms. However, trying to meet the July dates turned out to be more difficult due to the uncertainty that the virus was holding over the preparations. It usually takes several weeks to set up a venue with a stage and to take the other precautions necessary to hold a congress.

The arena, Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, and a nearby convention center are both available during the week of August 17, but are booked the week before with the Northwestern Mutual insurer’s annual meeting.

“This is the right choice for Congress security and Milwaukee,” said Alex Lasry, a senior Milwaukee Bucks official who led the city’s convention offering. “An August meeting will bring an urgently needed economic recovery to Milwaukee and Wisconsin if we can get out of this unprecedented time.”

There is no guarantee that the crisis will be over by August, and travel can still be difficult or even dangerous for some. One of Mr. Biden’s strongest constituencies is older Americans who are most susceptible to the virus, and the ongoing impact of the outbreak could still affect which delegates can travel.

While Mr. Biden has an almost insurmountable lead in delegates over Senator Bernie Sanders, his last remaining rival for the Democratic President’s nomination, he cannot take formal control over congress planning until he receives the nomination or Mr. Sanders leaves the race.

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