DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION

Democratic National Convention 2020: dates, schedule, speakers, time and how to watch

Joe Biden is due to formally accept the Democratic nomination for president at the DNC in Milwaukee, which is to be held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Democratic National Convention 2020: schedule, speakers, how to watch
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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are due to be formally confirmed as their party's presidential ticket at the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which begins on Monday.

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Virtual convention because of Covid-19 pandemic

Traditionally attended by around 50,000 people, a scaled back convention is to be held virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, with neither the nominees, nor delegates, nor the event’s speakers turning out in person.

Originally scheduled to take place at Milwaukee’s 17,000-capacity Fiserv Forum in July, the DNC has been moved to the smaller Wisconsin Center, where only those needed to orchestrate the convention will be present.

2020 Democratic National Convention: schedule

Renamed the "Convention Across America”, 2020’s virtual DNC is to take place from Monday 17 August to Thursday 20 August, and will feature speakers including former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and former First Lady Michelle Obama. There will also be performances from musicians such as Billie Eilish and John Legend.

Here's a rundown of what's in store during the four-day convention:

Monday 17 August

On the Democratic National Convention’s opening night, says the DNC website, "we’ll hear from the many Americans who are rising up to take on the crises facing our country and join Joe Biden in rebuilding the country and moving it forward".

Speakers: Former First Lady Michelle Obama, 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 Ohio Governor John Kasich, Senator Doug Jones and Senator Amy Klobuchar.

Tuesday 18 August

The "Roll Call Across America" will take place on Tuesday, as the US' states and territories officially cast their votes to nominate Joe Biden as the Democrats' candidate in November's presidential election.

Speakers: 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 and former Second Lady Dr Jill Biden.

Wednesday 19 August

Kamala Harris, who was announced as Biden’s running mate last week, is scheduled to officially accept the Democratic vice-presidential nomination on Wednesday.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are to be confirmed as the Democrats' 2020 candidates for president and vice-president, respectively.

Speakers: Senator Kamala Harris, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, and former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Thursday 20 August

Biden is due to formally accept the party's presidential nomination on Thursday.

Speakers: Former Vice-President Joe Biden, Senator Cory Booker, California Governor Gavin Newsom, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Senator Tammy Baldwin, Senator Tammy Duckworth, Senator Chris Coons and the Biden family.

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How can I watch the 2020 Democratic National Convention?

The convention will be streamed live every night between 21:00 and 23:00 ET.