The Democratic National Committee said Thursday it was postponing the party’s convention from mid-July to the week of Aug. 17, according to The Associated Press, which cited a source.
The move came hours after Joe Biden said he thinks his party’s nominating convention will have to be pushed back into August because of the coronavirus threat.
“It’s going to depend on what kind of action is taken between now and the middle of the summer to change this curve,” Biden said in a Wednesday interview with ABC late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel. “I doubt whether the Democratic convention is going to be able to be held in early July, mid-July. I think it’s going to have move into August. … You just have to be prepared for the alternative, and the alternative — we don’t know what it’s going to be.”
The convention was scheduled for July 13-16 in Milwaukee at an arena used by the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, which applauded the move.
“This is the right decision for the safety of those involved in the convention and for Milwaukee,” Alex Lasry, a Bucks senior official who led the city’s convention bid,” told The New York Times. “An August convention will provide a much-needed economic boost for Milwaukee and Wisconsin as we come out of this unprecedented time.”
Republicans, meanwhile, are expressing confidence they can pull off their convention as scheduled on Aug. 24-27 in Charlotte, North Carolina.