DNC lineup of speakers headlined by the Obamas and Jill Biden as keynotes
The Democratic National Convention is turning to former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden as keynote speakers for the first three nights of next week’s convention before presumptive nominee Joe Biden, who has now completed his ticket by choosing California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, delivers his acceptance speech to cap Thursday.
Under the banner “Uniting America,” the convention – previously set for Milwaukee but moved to a virtual format amid the coronavirus pandemic – will seek to also tell the stories of Americans who are struggling amid the global coronavirus pandemic and economic downturn.
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Biden will accept the presidential nomination and attend the convention from Wilmington, Delaware, but Democratic officials have not announced a specific location for his speech. Other speakers will attend virtually as well.
Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden will address the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night.
Here’s the nightly lineup of speakers, according to a schedule the Democratic National Convention Committee released Tuesday, with more speakers to be announced later this week.
Monday: Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders, John Kasich
Democrats are using Monday to show support from opposite ends of the of political spectrum with speeches from Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a 2016 Republican candidate for president who has been critical of Trump.
Michelle Obama will be Monday’s keynote speaker.
Sanders is the standard-bearer of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, while Biden has appealed to more centrist Democrats. But the former Senate colleagues have worked together since Sanders exited the race, previously establishing several Biden-Sanders unity task forces.
Monday’s theme, “We the People,” will focus on “Americans rising up to take our country back” by singling out what the campaign calls the nation’s three crises: the pandemic, the struggling economy and racial injustice.
Other speakers Monday include: Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-N.M.; New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo; Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer; Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C.; Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.; Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis.; Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala.; and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.
Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 25, 2016.Tuesday: Jill Biden, Bill Clinton, AOC, Sally Yates
In another display of unity from the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., will speak Tuesday.
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The Tuesday lineup also includes former President Bill Clinton and Jill Biden, wife of Joe Biden, who is the night’s keynote speaker.
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Tuesday’s “Leadership Matters” theme will feature small-business owners, front-line health care workers, racial justice leaders, veterans, activists and others who the Biden campaign says are “looking for leadership” out of the White House.
Other speakers Tuesday are: former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates; Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; former Secretary of State John Kerry; and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del.
Former President Bill Clinton speaks during the funeral service for the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, July 30, 2020.Wednesday: Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris
The convention lineup Wednesday includes former President Obama, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Biden’s onetime primary opponent Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
On Wednesday, the convention will also hear from Biden’s newly announced vice president nominee, Kamala Harris.
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CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 06: Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. President Barack Obama speaks on stage as he accepts the nomination for president during the final day of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 6, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC, which concludes today, nominated U.S. President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The aim of Wednesday’s “A More Perfect Union” will be to tout Biden’s “Build Back Better” plans for the economy and recovering from the pandemic.
Other speakers Wednesday will include: Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers; New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham; and former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Thursday: Joe Biden, Tammy Duckworth, Keisha Lance Bottoms
Biden will deliver his acceptance speech on Thursday.
Leading up to that moment, speakers will include Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, whose national profile has risen amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Rep. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms takes the stage at the election night event for Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams in Atlanta on Nov. 6, 2018.
Other speakers include women Biden had considered as a running mate: Sens. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Tammy Duckworth. D-Ill.
Thursday’s theme is “America’s Promise.” Speakers will cast Biden as a man of character, decency, compassion and resilience – “a fighter” who gets back up. The night will lean into Biden’s biography and his long record in Washington.
Other speakers Thursday include: Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.; California Gov. Gavin Newsom; former South Bend, Indiana, mayor and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg; Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del.; and the Biden family. The DNC did not say which family members will speak.
Sen. Kamala Harris, who ended her run in December 2019, had some celebrity supporters as well.
Other speakers scheduled throughout the week, but who are not elected public officials, include:
Gerald Lang, Michigan UAW official
Lang is a United Auto Workers union official, as well as a team leader at General Motors’ Lake Orion, Michigan, facility. Biden has focused often on appeals to union- and blue-collar workers in the Midwest, and Trump won Michigan in 2016 by a narrow margin. It’s considered a key pickup state for Democrats this year.
“Joe Biden understands that auto workers are the heart of the economy in Michigan,” Lang said in a statement released by the Biden campaign. “And he’s spent his career fighting for us.”
Florida paramedic Aldo Martinez
As a paramedic in Fort Myers, 26-year-old Martinez has been on the front lines fighting the coronavirus pandemic. He also is a covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
DACA is a program created by President Obama in 2012 that provides work authorization and prevents deportation for immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. The Supreme Court denied the Trump administration’s attempt to end the program earlier this summer.
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Elementary school teacher Luz Chaparro Hernandez and retired educator Julie Buckholt
Chaparro Hernandez teaches in a bilingual program for second and third graders and is one of two Milwaukee educators that are scheduled to speak at the convention.
She plans to focus on how the pandemic has changed schools and affected educators and students, saying Biden is the leader the country needs to recover from the pandemic, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Buckholt is a retired educator and also is scheduled to speak. She has a chronic disease that she told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel costs $15,000 a week to treat.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: DNC convention: Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders to speak in support of Biden