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Biden to accept presidential nomination at scaled-back convention

Washington: Former Vice President Joe Biden will accept the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination in person at a nearly all-virtual convention in Milwaukee this August, the Democratic National Committee (DNCC) said on Wednesday.

Biden’s campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said the former Vice President would “proudly accept” the party’s nomination at the scaled-back convention, The Hill news website said.

The DNCC also said a “process is being developed” to ensure all delegates can cast their votes on matters, including the presidential nomination, remotely during the convention.

“Everything is on the line this November, which is why we must find creative and forward-looking ways to organize, mobilize, and unite our party around our shared values at the convention so that we can launch Joe Biden to victory this fall,” The Hill news report quoted Joe Solmonese, CEO of the Democratic National Convention, as saying.

The DNCC had initially planned the nominating convention in July in Milwaukee but it was postponed due to COVID-19 to give planners more time to determine the best structure for the event.

The move is in complete contrast to the Republican National Committee convention to be held in Jacksonville, Florida, where attendees will undergo temperature checks and follow social distancing norms. President Donald Trump will accept the party’s nomination in person.

Wisconsin, a battleground state, was won by Trump in 2016 and now Democrats are seeking to reclaim it in November.

Earlier this month Biden, 77, clinched the Democratic nomination after former rivals including Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren dropped out and endorsed him.

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