WASHINGTON – With guests and segments broadcast from across the country, Democrats and their alleged candidate, Joe Biden, plan to use four nights of videos and speakers at the party convention to highlight stories of Americans everyday struggling during a global pandemic and economic upheaval.
In doing so, they will blame President Donald Trump for simultaneous crises and argue that Biden, the former Vice President, is the person the United States needs to lift the country out of chaos.
Biden and the Democratic National Committee chose “Unite America”, according to convention planners, as the main theme of the four-day Democratic National Convention, originally scheduled for Milwaukee but now conducted by video from satellite sites due to of the coronavirus pandemic.
The theme of the DNC’s unprecedented virtual convention is said to show a stark contrast to Trump, who Democrats say divided the nation amid one of the country’s most trying times.
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The convention, scheduled for Aug. 17-20, is slated to air live nightly on cable news from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. EST, with the second hour expanding to networks. The Biden campaign will also broadcast the convention live on 15 platforms, including the party’s convention website, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon Prime.
Day-to-day business of the party, including caucus meetings and the adoption of a platform, will take place virtually during the day.
Strong focus on video storytelling
Each night will have a different sub-theme with a message adapted to each one: Monday is “We the people”. Tuesday is “Leadership Matters”. Wednesday is “A More Perfect Union”. And Thursday is “America’s Promise”.
Biden will deliver his acceptance speech from his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware on Thursday evening, but officials have not disclosed the location. It won’t be from his basement or his house, however. Planners haven’t ruled out Biden appearing on other nights as well.
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The selection of Biden’s vice president – a woman expected to be nominated next week – will address the convention on Wednesday evening, convention planners confirmed.
Creative elements include a mix of live and pre-recorded segments, video narration, as well as digital components and a focus on Americans across the county, not just an elected roster. Organizers likened the programming to four two-hour “TV shows” each evening that will feature different hosts “to keep the program moving” and switch to different videos and guests.
“You’re not going to see that many people talking behind the catwalks,” Stephanie Cutter, program manager for the 2020 convention, told USA TODAY. “You will see people in their living rooms, in factories, in schools, in city squares. We bring up the stories of ordinary Americans as they fight against the Trump economy, as they fight to know how we will get out of it. pandemic. “
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For months, the DNC worked on crafting a convention format that, due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, will not include the usual in-person pageantry of a crowded arena.
On the Republican side, Trump withdrew last month from Jacksonville, Florida, where Trump planned to deliver his acceptance speech and celebrate the convention.
The president has not said where he would accept the party’s nomination instead, but party business for the Republican National Convention, scheduled for August 24-27, a week after the Democrats meet, will remain in Charlotte, North Carolina. North, the original site of the RNC Convention.
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Speakers and lineup at the DNC convention will feature Biden as the “stable and experienced leader America needs” to bring the country together and lift the country out of crisis, according to DNC officials.
Democrats will look to use the four days to portray the former vice president as a candidate willing to listen to doctors and scientists and work with governors and mayors to eradicate COVID 19, while “rebuilding a better economy” that works first for workers. and small businesses, “not billionaires and big business”.
Speakers expected include Kasich, Sanders, the two Clintons
The DNC has not officially announced the schedule of speakers.
Speakers, who will address the convention remotely via video, are expected to include former Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich and former main Democratic opponent of Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. They will speak the same evening, Politico reported, in a show of support from opposite ends of the political spectrum.
Programming will also include former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama; President Bill Clinton and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as well as Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Senator Kamala Harris, D-California. and, according to Bloomberg, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who won a national spotlight when his state was the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.
Harris is among the shortlisted finalists for Biden’s running mate, but her speaking role does not indicate in either case whether he will pick her.
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“This convention is for all Americans, no matter who you’ve voted for in the past,” Cutter said. “We will unite America around the critical task of electing Joe Biden as President in November so that we can begin to build a fairer, more democratic, kinder and stronger country – a better America.
“The message we want to get across is simple: Joe Biden is the steadfast, compassionate and experienced leader that America needs right now to come together and pull our nation out of the crises and constant chaos of Trump and build a better future for us. all.
It’s unclear if U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., a progressive star, has a niche, according to Politico. Ocasio-Cortez backed Sanders in the primary, but was quick to say she would vote for Biden after he became the alleged candidate.
To unify the progressive and moderate wings of the party, Ocasio-Cortez was asked to co-chair a unity task force brought together by Biden and Sanders to make recommendations on the party’s platform. But one of Trump’s campaign strategies is to paint Biden as a “tool of the radical left,” by launching TV commercials this week that feature images of Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders.
Break down the different nights
On Monday evening, the opening day of the convention, “We the People” programming will focus on “Americans stand up to take back our country” highlighting what the campaign calls the nation’s three crises – the pandemic, the struggling economy and injustice race.
Tuesday’s “Leadership Matters” will focus on small business owners, frontline healthcare workers, racial justice leaders, veterans, activists and others who the Biden campaign says are “looking for a leadership “in the White House. “This will raise the question, what does leadership mean?” said a DNC official and seeks to contrast Biden’s style and approach with Trump.
Speakers will argue that a leader is someone “who will unite us, tell us the truth, take responsibility, listen to the experts, and be an example to the nation” – and someone “will rise up during crises” without standing up. to steal.
The aim of Wednesday’s “A More Perfect Union” will be to highlight Biden’s “Build Better” plans for the economy and reconstruction out of the pandemic.
When Biden accepts the Democratic nomination on Thursday, the theme of “America’s Promise” will seek to portray Biden as a man of character, decency, compassion and resilience – “a fighter” who is rising up. The night will focus on Biden’s biography and his long Washington dossier.
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Citing security concerns posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the Biden campaign said this week that the former vice president would not travel to Milwaukee to deliver his presidential acceptance speech – nor any of the other speakers expected to speak. at the convention.
The change came after Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett instituted a limit of 225 people to congregate in one location due to the coronavirus threat.
“I think it’s the right thing to do. I wanted to lead by example on how we should respond to this crisis individually,” Biden said.
Wisconsin, a state Hillary Clinton lost to Trump in the 2016 election, was chosen for the convention in a bid to reclaim a battlefield state that’s critical to Biden and Trump’s chances in November.
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