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Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders and John Kasich expected to join forces for first night of Democratic convention

CNN logo CNN 8/9/2020 By Jessica Dean and Dan Merica, CNN
Michelle Obama, John Kasich, Bernie Sanders posing for the camera © Provided by CNN

The first night of the Democratic National Convention is currently expected to bring a message of unity featuring Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former first lady Michelle Obama and former Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, according to a source who has seen current convention plans.

The speakers represent a wide political spectrum of support for former Vice President Joe Biden. Sanders is a key leader of the left-wing of the Democratic Party while Kasich ran for the GOP nomination for president in 2016. The former first lady is wildly popular across the Democratic Party.

The convention will also include remarks from Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday, Aug. 19, a Democratic official familiar with the convention schedule confirmed to CNN.

The rest of the speaking schedule for the 2020 Democratic National Convention remains in flux as officials work to fill the schedule and adjust to the event going virtual.

Politico first reported the Monday events, and Axios first reported the Wednesday events.

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Democrats announced this week that presumptive nominee Biden and his running mate -- who has yet to be announced -- would not travel to Milwaukee after all, due to safety concerns related to Covid-19. Instead, Biden will accept the nomination from Delaware.

Normally the political conventions fill four days full of programming from a jam-packed arena. This year Democrats will move the event online and programming will be condensed, running for only two hours each night. The convention is slated to take place from August 17-20, after Democrats pushed their convention back by a month because of the coronavirus pandemic.

This story has been updated to include additional speakers.


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