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Biden Cancels Plan to Accept Presidential Nomination at Democratic Convention

U.S. News & World Report logo U.S. News & World Report 8/5/2020 Lisa Hagen
Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: FILE - In this July 28, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event at the William "Hicks" Anderson Community Center in Wilmington, Del. Biden’s campaign is reserving $280 million in digital and television ads through the fall, nearly twice the amount Donald Trump’s team has reserved at this point. The Biden campaign announced in a Aug. 5 memo it’s reserving $220 million on television airtime and $60 million in digital ads, in contrast to the $147 million the Trump campaign has reserved, according to a review of Kantar/CMAG data by the Associated Press.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) © (Andrew Harnik/AP-File) FILE - In this July 28, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event at the William "Hicks" Anderson Community Center in Wilmington, Del. Biden’s campaign is reserving $280 million in digital and television ads through the fall, nearly twice the amount Donald Trump’s team has reserved at this point. The Biden campaign announced in a Aug. 5 memo it’s reserving $220 million on television airtime and $60 million in digital ads, in contrast to the $147 million the Trump campaign has reserved, according to a review of Kantar/CMAG data by the Associated Press.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Joe Biden will not accept the Democratic presidential nomination from Milwaukee, opting to instead deliver his acceptance speech from his home in Delaware as the Democratic National Convention goes mostly virtual in light of the coronavirus.

The Democratic National Committee announced Wednesday that all speakers slated to address the convention, including Biden and his to-be-announced vice presidential nominee, will deliver virtual speeches from all over the country. In an unprecedented shift in programming, Democrats' convention will run two hours each night from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. from Aug. 17-20.

"Today's announcement represents a small adjustment to the overall planning, as the majority of speeches and segments were already taking place in locations across the country," DNC Chairman Tom Perez said. "Democrats will offer four nights of programming, which will include a mix of both pre-recorded segments and live broadcasts from locations across the country."

Republicans have also largely scaled back their convention, which was initially planned for late August in Charlotte, North Carolina, but was moved at the last-minute to Jacksonville, Florida, when North Carolina's governor couldn't promise a full convention. But with Florida emerging as a coronavirus hot spot, President Donald Trump announced late last month that the Jacksonville events would be canceled.

Trump, meanwhile, is considering delivering his acceptance speech for the GOP nomination from the White House, which would be another departure from past presidents typically not using the White House for political events. The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from engaging in political activity in their official capacity, but the president and vice president are exempt from the rule. But Trump noted that nothing is finalized.

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"We're thinking about it. It would be the easiest from the standpoint of security," Trump said Wednesday morning on "Fox & Friends." "We're thinking about doing it from the White House because there's no movement and it's easy. … It's certainly one of the alternatives."

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