The 2020 White House hopeful Joe Biden has offered a solution for the upcoming Democratic convention, suggesting the event needs to be held virtually this year as the CCP Virus pandemic is engulfing the United States. Meanwhile, the Republican president has given an opposite idea.
During an interview with ABC News on Sunday, April 5, Biden said that the Democratic Convention will have to happen.
“We’re going to have to do a convention, may have to do a virtual convention,” the former vice president said.
“I think we should be thinking about that right now. The idea of holding the convention is going to be necessary, but we may not be able to put 10, 20, 30,000 people in one place. That’s very possible. Again, let’s see where it—and what we do between now and then is going to dictate a lot of that as well,” Biden said.
Joe Biden tells @GStephanopoulos that holding the Democratic convention is “necessary,” but Democrats “may have to do a “virtual” convention amid the COVID-19 threat.
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) April 5, 2020
The convention was originally scheduled for July 13, but the Democratic National Convention Committee announced on Thursday that the four-day Milwaukee event will be postponed until the week of Aug. 17, according to NBC News.
“In our current climate of uncertainty, we believe the smartest approach is to take additional time to monitor how this situation unfolds so we can best position our party for a safe and successful convention,” said Joe Solmonese, chief executive officer of the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
“During this critical time, when the scope and scale of the pandemic and its impact remain unknown, we will continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice of health care professionals and emergency responders,” he said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Republicans have signaled in recent days that they will go ahead with the convention as planned. The 2020 Republican National Convention is scheduled for Aug. 24–27 in Charlotte, North Carolina, one week after the Democratic convention.
“We’re anticipating that, by the end of August, everything will be absolutely fine. So we’ll be ready to rock and roll. And so there are no contingency plans,” a Republican National Committee official told NBC News.
In his interview with Fox News last month, President Donald Trump also said that there was “no way” he would cancel the Republican convention.
Biden made his suggestion as the CCP Virus outbreak is keeping the majority of the American public at home and the Democratic nominees, Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), off their campaign trails.
Biden, who has remained at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, said on Sunday, “I think you just got to follow the science, listen to the experts.”