The Democratic National Convention has been pushed to the week of August 17 in response to the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
The convention had been scheduled to begin on July 13.
“Ensuring the safety of the convention’s host community and all convention-goers has been—and always will remain—the top priority of the Democratic National Convention Committee,” the Democratic National Committee announced in a statement. “As we continue to monitor the unpredictable and unprecedented public health emergency, we remain in constant communication with the local, state, and federal officials responsible for protecting public health and security, and will continue to follow their guidance.”
Democrats say the delay will allow their team “more time to determine the most appropriate structure for this historic event.”
“History will be made in Milwaukee when the 2020 Democratic National Convention takes place, not just because Democrats will nominate the next president and vice president of the United States, but because they’ll be doing it in a state that’s never before hosted a political party’s national convention,” the DNC said. “The Democratic party believes that this important battleground state is the perfect place to share their vision for a safer, stronger country and lift up the voices of the working families that the party fights for every day.”