Biden, Harris to address Democratic convention from Chase Center in Delaware

Biden, Harris to address Democratic convention from Chase Center in Delaware
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick Bloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida MORE and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTexas Democratic official urges Biden to visit state: 'I thought he had his own plane' The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden on Trump: 'He'll leave' l GOP laywers brush off Trump's election remarks l Obama's endorsements A game theorist's advice to President Trump on filling the Supreme Court seat MORE (D-Calif.) will address the Democratic National Convention from the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del., next week, according to a person familiar with the plans, but there won’t be a crowd when they take the stage.

Biden was initially set to deliver his speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination at the convention in Milwaukee. But last week his campaign announced that neither the former vice president nor any other speaker would appear at the convention in person. 

A Biden campaign official confirmed to The Hill that none of the speakers at the convention would have crowds for their remarks. 

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The national convention, which is slated to start Monday and run through Thursday, will be a predominantly virtual event due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The decision to avoid crowds altogether during the convention speeches is the latest example of how public health concerns have upended political traditions.

Both Biden and Harris are scheduled to address the convention next Thursday. Other prominent speakers include former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObamas are 'most admired' man and woman in world: poll John Legend: Americans may have to think about leaving country if Trump reelected Black stars reimagine 'Friends' to get out the vote MORE, who will speak Monday, and former President Obama, who will speak on Wednesday.

When Harris accepts the Democratic vice presidential nomination next week, it will be a history-making event. She will be the first Black woman and first South Asian American to appear on a major political party’s presidential ticket.