The Democratic Party is heading into unchartered territory as it readies for its first-ever mostly digital National Democratic Convention, which is set to culminate in the official nomination of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden.
In the past, the event has been a high-energy pinnacle of the primary season, when delegates across the United States pledge their support for the candidate who will compete for the highest office in the country in the November general election.
Part hype fest, part party business, the gathering is also when the Democratic Party unveils its 2020 Democratic Platform – a list of the party’s defining policies and values for the election season.
This year’s four-day convention will be anchored in the city of Milwaukee, in the US state of Wisconsin, but will be mostly digital, with speeches from Democratic heavyweights, officials and the presumptive candidate Biden all live-streamed from across the country as a precaution for the coronavirus pandemic.
The party has said only essential staff will be on site to make sure things run smoothly. The convention’s main nighttime events will be preceded by party caucus and council meetings, as well as a pre-show from 7pm to 9pm local time (23:00 GMT to 01:00 GMT).
Here is the schedule for the 2020 Democratic National Convention:
The first night of events is themed “We the People” and will feature speakers who the party says have risen up to face three defining challenges in modern American life: The coronavirus pandemic, the resulting unemployment crisis and racial injustice.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama
Former Democratic Presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Representative Jim Clyburn
Convention Chairman Representative Bennie Thompson
Representative Gwen Moore
Former Governor John Kasich
Senator Doug Jones
Former Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Amy Klobuchar
Tuesday is themed “Leadership Matters” and will focus on the “leaders and the experts, the veterans and the activists, all those who seek to unite and not divide, and who step up – not back down – from a fight over what’s right”, according to the party.
Tuesday will include a virtual roll call that will “take viewers to all 57 states and territories” across the US as delegates officially cast votes to nominate Biden.
Former Acting US Attorney General Sally Yates
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer
Former Secretary of State John Kerry
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester
Former President Bill Clinton
Former Second Lady, Joe Biden’s wife, Dr Jill Biden
Wednesday’s theme is “A More Perfect Union” and speakers are set to include the “Vice Presidential nominee and many others who are committed to working alongside Joe Biden to achieve his goals to form a more perfect union”. The night will also include the official nomination of Biden’s vice presidential pick Kamala Harris.
Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton
Former Democratic Presidential candidate, Senator Elizabeth Warren
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords
Former President Barack Obama
The final night of the convention focuses on Joe Biden himself and is themed “America’s Promise”.
Speakers will include individuals who can speak to Joe Biden’s “leadership and character”, according to the party.
Joe Biden will address the convention and “speak about his vision for uniting America to move us forward out of constant chaos and crisis, and for delivering on that promise for all”.
Vice President Joe Biden
Former Democratic Presidential candidate, Senator Cory Booker
California Governor Gavin Newsom
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
Senator Tammy Baldwin
Senator Tammy Duckworth
Senator Chris Coons
Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang
The Biden family