Democratic officials said they were citing the coronavirus as the reason, with health and safety in mind.
“From the very beginning of this pandemic, we put the health and safety of the American people first,” said Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Tom Perez.
“We followed the science, listened to doctors and public health experts, and we continued making adjustments to our plans in order to protect lives.”
The Democrats nor Biden commented on how he can receive his Presidential nomination.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, praised Biden for leading by example.
“The upcoming Democratic convention is different than we’d imagined. A lot has changed since we set out on this journey more than a year ago now, but the one thing that hasn’t is Democrats’ commitment to putting health and safety first,” Evers said in a statement.
However, Milwaukee’s mayor Tom Barrett said he is very disappointed after hearing the news yesterday.
“I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that I’m very, very disappointed in this, professionally and personally, because I think we all have had so much pride in having Milwaukee chosen to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention,” Barrett said.
But Barrett, a Democrat, added that the higher priorities are public health, economic recovery and nation’s reckoning on systemic racism.
“I think all of us have to keep this in perspective,” he said.
A DNC official said all speakers and presenters for the August 17th – 24th convention are now expected to speak from remote locations.
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