• Presley Berry

Lineup for Democratic National Convention Announced

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On Tuesday, the speaker line-up for next week’s Democratic National Convention was announced. The convention will consist of four days of two hour televised speeches from Monday, August 17th, to Thursday, August 20th.

The lineup features big Democratic names with a mix of moderate and progressive speakers. John Kasich, former Republican presidential candidate who ran against Trump in 2016, will also be speaking to try and appeal to Republican voters to support former Vice President Joe Biden. The convention will lead up to Biden and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) accepting their nominations as president and vice president.

Democrats also want to highlight issues presented by everyday Americans by giving small business owners, teachers, factory workers and front-line health care workers speaking slots. Stephanie Cutter, 2020 Democratic National Convention Program Executive, said:

Over the last several months in planning this convention, we had two goals in mind: to include more Americans than ever before, and to ensure that all Americans see themselves reflected in what they were viewing

The Organizers have also announced themes for each day. Monday is “We the People,” Tuesday being “Leadership Matters,” Wednesday as “A More Perfect Union”, and Thursday is “America’s Promise.”

Although additional speakers could still be added, here is the lineup so far:

Monday: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former first lady Michelle Obama, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Rep. Jim Clyburn, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, Rep. Bennie Thompson, Sen. Doug Jones and Rep. Gwen Moore

Tuesday: Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, former President Bill Clinton, Former Secretary of State John Kerry, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester and Jill Biden, Joe Biden's spouse.

Wednesday: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former President Barack Obama, Former Rep. Gabby Giffords, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Kamala Harris accepting the nomination for Vice President.

Thursday: New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Sen. Chris Coons, the Biden family and the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

While some of Biden’s primary rivals are speaking there is some notable candidates left out. This includes Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former housing secretary Julian Castro and entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who expressed his disappointment on Twitter.

Because of the pandemic, the Democratic party is hoping to send a message about how their nominee plans to handle dire situations in a time of crisis. DNC Chair Tom Perez said:

From the very beginning of this pandemic, we put the health and safety of the American people first. We followed the science, listened to doctors and public health experts, and we continued making adjustments to our plans in order to protect lives. That’s the kind of steady and responsible leadership America deserves. And that’s the leadership Joe Biden will bring to the White House.

The Democratic Convention will be broadcasted on all major television networks, social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and streaming services like Apple TV and Roku. You can also tune in live from the DNC’s website for what's sure to be a very unique event.


Presley Berry is a Dual Correspondent for the National Times