The Obamas and Clintons will have prominent speaking roles when former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Sanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'Its not coming out' Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE officially accepts the party’s presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention next week.
The mostly virtual convention will take place over four nights beginning on Monday and ending with Biden’s acceptance speech on Thursday.
Biden will accept the nomination over video from his home in Delaware, rather than travel to the convention site in Milwaukee, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Democrats have planned a four-night event to showcase the biggest names in Democratic and progressive politics, including Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'Its not coming out' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden must keep progressive promises or risk losing midterms Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Study finds Pfizer vaccine almost 91 percent effective for 5 to 11 year olds MORE (I-Vt.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHouse progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting Schumer endorses democratic socialist India Walton in Buffalo mayor's race Toomey takes aim at Schumer's spending windfall for NYC public housing MORE (D-N.Y.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSinema's office outlines opposition to tax rate hikes The CFPB's data overreach hurts the businesses it claims to help Runaway higher ed spending gains little except endless student debt MORE (D-Mass.) and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: CDC signs off on 'mix and match' vaccine boosters Buttigieg aims to use Tucker Carlson flap to spotlight paternity leave Judge to hear Trump's case against Jan. 6 committee in November MORE (D-Calif.). Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican who opposes President TrumpDonald TrumpGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE, will speak on the first night of the convention.
Former President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSuper PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump I voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 Neera Tanden tapped as White House staff secretary MORE will have speaking roles on Wednesday evening, the same night as Biden’s eventual running mate. Biden has not yet announced his VP pick, but the decision is expected shortly and he has committed to picking a woman.
Pelosi and Warren will also speak on Wednesday, when the theme will focus on how Biden and the first female vice president in U.S. history would lead the country out of the pandemic and economic crisis if elected.
It appears from the lineup card that Obama will close out the night on Wednesday. Biden served eight years as vice president under Obama, the nation’s first Black president.
Former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaYouTube confirms it picked kids featured in Harris video Photos of the Week: Congressional Baseball Game, ashen trees and a beach horse The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Gears begin to shift in Congress on stalled Biden agenda MORE, a pop culture icon with a best-selling memoir, will close out the first night of the convention. Monday evening will also feature speeches from Sanders and Kasich, with a focus on the challenges the U.S. faces in dealing with COVID-19, unemployment and racial injustice.
Former President Clinton will speak on Tuesday before the night’s events are closed out by Biden's wife, Jill Biden. Ocasio-Cortez also has a speaking role that evening, when the theme will be about making sure the government works toward the national interest, rather than for the political interests of insiders.
Leading up to Biden’s acceptance speech on Thursday night, the party will showcase testimonials about Biden’s character, with remarks from people like former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg aims to use Tucker Carlson flap to spotlight paternity leave Biden's Big Labor policies will create next round of inflation Airlines should give flight attendants 10 hours of rest between flights: FAA MORE and Sens. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsGlasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal Manchin threatens 'zero' spending in blowup with Sanders: reports Defense & National Security — Military starts giving guidance on COVID-19 vaccine refusals MORE (D-Del.), Cory BookerCory BookerSenate Democrats call for diversity among new Federal Reserve Bank presidents Progressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program Emanuel to take hot seat in Senate confirmation hearing MORE (D-N.J.) and Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinProgressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program Building back better by investing in workers and communities The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate nears surprise deal on short-term debt ceiling hike MORE (D-Wis.).
The Democratic National Committee said other national leaders, advocates and celebrities will be added in the coming days.