Democrats will kick off an unprecedented virtual convention today, juggling hundreds of live streams in an attempt to create the feel of a convention. The convention was slated to take place in Milwaukee, Wis., but those plans changed due to the global pandemic. Now, speakers will tune-in from their respective remote locations. The convention is slated to include a wide variety of speakers, from far-left senators to a former Republican governor.
Tonight will be headlined by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former first lady Michelle Obama, and a Republican, former Ohio Governor John Kasich. Others speaking tonight are Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.), who is currently in a very tough race, Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), as well as Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Tuesday brings the roll call vote as well as former President Bill Clinton, former second lady Dr. Jill Biden, and “rising star” Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Pa.), and former Georgia gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams. The event culminates on Wednesday as vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and presidential nominee Joe Biden, give their speeches. Wednesday will feature former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
Blake is a writer focused on non-profits and trade industries. He has told the stories of countless peacebuilders while covering international development with the nonprofit Search for Common Ground. He is a graduate of the George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.