Former Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday night that he believes the Democratic National Convention will be delayed until August due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“I doubt whether the Democratic convention is going to be able to be held in mid-July, early-July,” Biden said on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
“I think it’s going to have to move into August,” he said.
The convention, where the party officially nominates its presidential candidate, is scheduled for July 13 to 16 in Milwaukee.
Biden, with strong primary performances in March, has amassed a comfortable delegate lead over his last remaining challenger, Sen. Bernie Sanders. But he’s still short of the 1,991 needed to win the nomination.
The former veep stressed the need for a convention contingency plan.
“We just have to be prepared for the alternative, and the alternative, we don’t know what’s it’s going to be unless we have a better sense of whether this curve is going to move down or up,” he told Fallon.