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 BidenFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries FDA aims to give full approval to Pfizer vaccine by Labor Day: report Overnight Defense: Police officer killed in violence outside Pentagon | Biden officials back repeal of Iraq War authorization | NSC pushed to oversee 'Havana Syndrome' response MORE and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisKamala Harris and our shameless politics Pelosi: House Democrats 'ready to work with' Biden on eviction ban Meghan McCain predicts DeSantis would put Harris 'in the ground' in 2024 matchup 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 ObamaSimone Biles takes herself out of fifth Olympic event Michelle Obama to Simone Biles: 'We are proud of you and we are rooting for you' Obama setting up big bash to celebrate his 60th MORE, who will speak Monday, and former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama limiting birthday party to family, close friends amid COVID-19 concerns Azar regrets Trump didn't get vaccinated on national TV Franklin D. Roosevelt's prescient warning MORE, 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.