Biden Suggests DNC Consider Virtual 2020 Nominating Convention

April 6, 2020by Steve Geimann, Bloomberg News (TNS)
A screen grab of former Vice President and current Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaking about the economy from his home in Delaware on April 2, 2020. (Brian Cahn/Zuma Press/TNS)

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said the party should consider a virtual nominating convention this summer because the coronavirus has led to limits on public gatherings.

“We’re going to have to do a convention, we may have to do a virtual convention,” Biden said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “I think we should be thinking about that right now. The idea of holding a convention is going to be necessary. But we may not be able to put 10, 20, 30,000 people in one place.”

Biden, the party’s likely nominee, also said officials should think about how ballots are cast in November.

The Democratic National Committee has already postponed its convention from mid-July to mid-August due to concerns about the coronavirus. The delay was approved after Biden said the convention should be pushed back for safety.

“I’m confident our convention planning team and our partners will find a way to deliver a convention in Milwaukee this summer that places our Democratic nominee on the path to victory in November,” Joe Solmonese, chief executive officer of the Democratic National Convention Committee, said Thursday in a statement.

The DNC suggested it was considering changes to the format, size and schedule of the four-day convention, which usually involves thousands of delegates, media and party officials all standing shoulder-to-shoulder in a vast arena, as well as numerous parties and other side-events.

Biden said the U.S. has “never allowed any crisis,” from the Civil War to the 1918 flu pandemic, to interrupt democratic process such as elections. “We’ve never never let our democracy play second fiddle,” he said.

On the November election, he suggested a discussion should start now about the process for conducting the vote and whether most ballots will be cast by mail — which he said is not the preferred route.

“How are we going to make it available to everybody?” he said.

President Donald Trump said Saturday that there’s no contingency plans for the Republican National Convention, due to be held in North Carolina in late August. Trump expressed confidence the U.S. would be operating more normally by then.

———

©2020 Bloomberg News

Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

2020 Elections

NASA Astronauts Go Back to the Future with Capsule Launch
Space
NASA Astronauts Go Back to the Future with Capsule Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It's back to the future as NASA astronauts launch again from the U.S. — aboard a retro-style "Right Stuff" capsule. Make no mistake: This is not your father's — or grandfather's — capsule. SpaceX's Dragon crew capsule outshines NASA's old Apollo... Read More

Judge Rules Against Florida on Felons Paying Fines to Vote
State News
Judge Rules Against Florida on Felons Paying Fines to Vote

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida law requiring felons to pay legal fees as part of their sentences before regaining the vote is unconstitutional for those unable to pay, or unable to find out how much they owe, a federal judge ruled Sunday. The 125-page ruling... Read More

US Faces a Memorial Day Like No Other
In The News
US Faces a Memorial Day Like No Other

(AP) — Americans prepared to mark a Memorial Day like no other as the coronavirus pandemic upended traditional commemorations. U.S. authorities warned beach-goers to heed social distancing rules to avoid a resurgence of the virus that has infected 5.4 million people worldwide and killed over 345,000,... Read More

Hoyer, Top House Democrats Introduce Bill to Protect Inspectors General from Retaliation
Congress
Hoyer, Top House Democrats Introduce Bill to Protect Inspectors General from Retaliation
May 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and several ranking House Democrats introduced legislation on Friday to protect inspectors general across the executive branch from being fired as a result of political retaliation. The Inspector General Independence Act would allow an inspector general to be... Read More

Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill Aims to Provide Unemployed With Access to Skills Training
Employment
Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill Aims to Provide Unemployed With Access to Skills Training
May 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan bill introduced in both the House and Senate this week would create a flexible, $4,000 skills training credit for workers who have lost their job due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Skills Renewal Act affords these workers the opportunity to access their... Read More

Senate Leaves for Memorial Day Break Without Deal On New Relief Bill
Congress
Senate Leaves for Memorial Day Break Without Deal On New Relief Bill
May 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate has left town for its annual Memorial Day recess with no agreement in sight on a fourth coronavirus economic relief bill and a schedule that suggests a new stimulus won't be done until July. Last week, the House passed the $3 trillion... Read More

Straight From The Well
scroll top