Former Vice President Joe Biden has decided not to travel to the Democratic convention site in Milwaukee to accept the party’s nomination for president due to concerns over the coronavirus.
The organizers of the convention released a statement on Wednesday that Biden will not be attending the event and will instead deliver a speech from his home state of Delware. As of this writing, other speakers are also not going to Milwaukee.
Check out the details from Fox News:
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“From the very beginning of this pandemic, we put the health and safety of the American people first. We followed the science, listened to doctors and public health experts, and we continued making adjustments to our plans in order to protect lives. That’s the kind of steady and responsible leadership America deserves. And that’s the leadership Joe Biden will bring to the White House,” Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said.
The decision comes as both parties continue to dramatically scale back their convention plans, with the pandemic still raging in many states and concerns mounting about how gatherings of any size would impact the spread.
It’s unclear if Biden, who is limiting campaign appearances, will also be tested in the near future. He said last week he has not been tested.
The original date of the Democratic National Convention was supposed to be the middle of July at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. With the coronavirus sweeping the country, the DNC decided to move back the date of the event a month hoping things would settle down some by then.
Things have not gone according to that plan, however.
Yet another excuse for Biden to stay home and avoid making a public appearance. The Democrats really do want to keep him subdued to prevent more gaffes, don’t they? Given his current track record, it’s hard to blame them.