2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden indicated late Tuesday that he isn’t feeling optimistic about the 2020 Democratic National Convention keeping its mid-July timetable amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s hard to envision that,” Biden replied when MSNBC anchor Brian Williams asked if it would still be possible for the massive convention to be held as scheduled on July 13 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The former vice president said people “should listen to the scientists,” who have been urging the public to remain indoors and limit contact with others.
Biden pointed out that the reason the Democratic Party chose to hold the convention earlier than usual was because the 2020 Olympics, which have now been postponed to 2021, were originally slated to begin on July 23.
“There is more time now,” he said.
“We were able to do it in the middle of the Civil War all the way through to World War I–have Democratic and Republican conventions and primaries and elections, and still have public safety,” Biden continued. “And we’re able to do both.”
“But the fact is it may have to be different,” he added.
Biden says it's "hard to envision" Democratic convention still happening in mid-July. pic.twitter.com/f4YFNYPlYD
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