The pandemic has laid waste to all of our best laid plans. The 2020 Democratic National Convention was scheduled to take place this week in Milwaukee, WI, with Vice President Joe Biden accepting his party’s nomination in an arena packed with tens of thousands of his most fervent supporters.
So much for that. Instead, Biden — along with his newly-announced running mate, Senator Kamala Harris — will be officially accepting the Democratic nomination from Wilmington, Delaware. However, the convention will still feature dozens of speakers, and Democrats will hold daily caucus meetings and adopt a platform, meaning the normal party business will still take place, in function if not form.
Cable news networks are planning to cover the convention nightly from Monday through Thursday, which means you can catch all of the electoral action and impassioned speeches right here on Sling. Check out the full list of scheduled speakers below, along with details about the coverage on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC.
Who are the speakers?
Biden’s coronation at the top of the ticket will be centered around the idea of “Uniting America,” and each day features a different theme. Here’s the full list of scheduled speakers, along with each day’s theme.
Monday: We the People
Former first lady Michelle Obama
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn
Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R)
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security
Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL)
Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI)
Tuesday: Leadership Matters
Dr. Jill Biden
Former President Bill Clinton
Former Secretary of State John Kerry
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer
Former US Attorney General Sally Yates
Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE)
Wednesday: A More Perfect Union
Former President Barack Obama
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Biden’s Vice Presidential nominee
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Former Rep. Gabby Giffords
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers
Thursday: America’s Promise
Former Vice President Joe Biden accepts the Democratic nomination
Members of the Biden family
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)
California Gov. Gavin Newsom
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)
What about cable news coverage?
CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News are all covering the DNC nightly. By network, here are their coverage plans.
CNN - America's Choice 2020 - Coverage begins nightly at 8pm ET
Anchored in-studio by Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, Dana Bash, Jake Tapper, John King, Chris Cuomo, and Don Lemon.
On-Site Reporting in Milwaukee, WI by CNN’s Arlette Saenz, Jeff Zeleny, and MJ Lee
Select coverage will be available on VOD next day
MSNBC - Decision 2020 - Coverage begins nightly at 7pm ET
Anchored by Rachael Maddow, Joy Reid, Nicolle Wallace, and Brian Williams
Keynote speeches will be available On Demand the next day
Fox News - Democracy 2020 - Coverage begins nightly at 10pm ET
Anchored by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum
Tucker Carlson Tonight and Hannity will air at their normal times, The Ingram Angle will air at 11pm ET
What else should I look for?
On Friday, the DNC announced that a variety of musicians and bands will perform for the DNC throughout the week, including Billie Eilish, The Chicks, Jennifer Hudson, Common, John Legend, Leon Bridges, Billy Porter, Maggie Rogers, Prince Royce and Stephen Stills.
And on Monday, the DNC announced that each night of the event will be emceed by a different actress and activist. Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives) will be featured on Monday; Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish) is scheduled for Tuesday; Kerry Washington (Scandal) appears on Wednesday; and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) closes out the convention on Thursday.
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