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U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey campaigns for the Democratic nomination for President. (Photo courtesy of Cory 2020.)

Booker gets coveted Thursday night speaking slot at Democratic convention

U.S. Senator is lone New Jerseyan with a prime time speaking role

By David Wildstein, August 11 2020 8:39 am

U.S. Senator Cory Booker will address the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, August 20, the same night Joe Biden will accept the Democratic presidential nomination.

The theme of the final night of the convention – typically the most watched — will be “America’s Promise” and speakers will talk about Biden’s leadership and character.

Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg and members of the Biden family will also speak on Thursday evening, along with California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, and U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin), and Christopher Coons (D-Delaware).

Booker, who sought the Democratic presidential nomination until his withdrawal in January, is the lone New Jerseyan on the prime time speaking lineup so far.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, former First Lady Michelle Obama and John Kasich, the former Republican Governor of Ohio, will speak on Monday.

Former President Bill Clinton and Dr. Jill Biden are among the scheduled Tuesday speakers.  Former President Barack Obama, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren are on the Wednesday evening schedule.

The Democratic National Committee announced last month that Gov. Phil Murphy would serve as Democratic National Convention co-chair.

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