The 2020 Democratic National Convention details have been released. The convention will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from August 17–20, 2020.
The convention was originally scheduled from July 13-16 but the dates were changed due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.
Dates: August 17–20, 2020
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Venue: Fiserv Forum
Live Stream: Coming Soon
Full Schedule: Coming Soon
Official Convention Website: Milwaukee2020.com
Why did Democrats choose Milwaukee?
In 2016, Hillary Clinton lost Wisconsin as well as Michigan to Donald Trump. These states have traditionally considered part of the “blue wall” of safe, rust belt states for Democrats in presidential years. As a sign that the party is not taking its blue-collar, union roots for granted, Milwaukee beat out several other cities with a bid to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
The 2020 Democratic National Convention will mark the first time Milwaukee has hosted a major party convention.
In a statement about the location, DNC Chairman Tom Perez, said, “Where you hold a convention is a statement of your values.” Perez went on to praise Milwaukee for being a diverse and “proud union town.”
Perez’s connections to Milwaukee have always been part of the backdrop to the competition. His wife is from Wauwatosa, they were married in Milwaukee and one of their daughters attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
But his decision wasn’t personal — it was political. Winning Wisconsin and other Midwestern states are critical if the party is to unseat President Donald Trump.
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