Barack and Michelle Obama will share the headliner, along with Democratic White House candidate Joe Biden and his wife Jill, of the Democratic convention that will be held exceptionally online due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Vice-president of Barack Obama for eight years, Joe Biden, 77, will be officially nominated as a presidential candidate to face Donald Trump on November 3 at this convention, scheduled for August 17 to 20.
The veteran of politics, a senator for more than 35 years, will accept his nomination and deliver a speech on the last night, Thursday, according to the official program released Tuesday.
Still hugely popular among Democrats, former President Barack Obama will headline Wednesday while his wife Michelle Obama will deliver the main speech on Monday.
A teacher, very present at his side during the campaign, the candidate’s wife, Jill Biden, 69, will be the headliner for Tuesday evening.
Still mysterious, the speaker planned just before Barack Obama on Wednesday sparked all the speculation Tuesday: “candidate for the vice-presidency”.
Joe Biden promised to choose a woman, who would become the first vice president of the United States. Highly anticipated, he should reveal his choice this week.
With the historic wave of anger at racism that gripped the United States after the death of George Floyd, the pressure increased for him to choose a black woman.
Now big favorite, Kamala Harris, 55, is the second black senator in U.S. history and a former prosecutor. Ex-rival of Joe Biden in the Democratic primary, she is due to give a speech Thursday evening.
Another favorite does not appear on the program: Susan Rice, 55, former national security adviser to Barack Obama. But it is not yet complete and could easily evolve.
Other prospective running mates will deliver speeches: Progressive Senator and former White House candidate Elizabeth Warren (Wednesday), Senator and former military Tammy Duckworth (Thursday), Michigan governors Gretchen Whitmer (Monday) and New Mexico Michelle Lujan Grisham (Wednesday) or Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (Thursday).
Two black elected Congressmen, Karen Bass and Val Demings, also appear in the forecasts but are not on the program.
Organized under the slogan “Bringing America Together,” the convention was scheduled to be held in Milwaukee, key state of Wisconsin, but was made entirely virtual because of the risk of contagion from COVID-19.