(ConservativePeak.com)- Joe Biden put the final nail in the coffin for an in-person Democratic National Convention.
On Wednesday, he announced he won’t travel to Milwaukee to formally accept his party’s nomination. He was originally planning to travel to the site of the DNC to give his presidential acceptance speech. Instead, Biden will accept the nomination from Delaware, which is his home state.
Now, after Biden’s choice, none of the people who were scheduled to speak at the convention from August 17 to 20 will travel to Milwaukee to do so in person. This means the Democratic National Convention will be a purely virtual one, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to organizers of the DNC, the decision was made after consulting with health experts and other public officials. Biden won’t be traveling to Milwaukee “in order to prevent risking the health of our host community as well as the convention’s production teams, security officials, community partners, media and others necessary to orchestrate the event.”
As Tom Perez, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, said:
“From the very beginning of this pandemic, we put the health and safety of the American people first. We followed the science, listened to doctors and public health experts, and we continued making adjustments to our plans in order to protect lives. That’s the kind of steady and responsible leadership America deserves. And that’s the leadership Joe Biden will bring to the White House.”
Democratic party officials were hoping that the convention in Milwaukee would provide a boost to Biden at the polls in the state. Wisconsin is one of the projected battleground states that Biden and President Donald Trump consider a key to winning the November election.
To date, Biden hasn’t traveled to Wisconsin to campaign all year. In 2016, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton campaigned in the state during the primary, but not during the run-up to the General Election.
This is a fact that Trump’s campaign capitalized on in comments on Wednesday. Anna Kelly, a spokesperson for Trump’s campaign, said:
“Joe Biden is repeating the mistakes from the 2016 campaign. The fact remains that President Donald Trump has delivered on his promises to Wisconsin voters, and he will carry the state again in November.”
Milwaukee has been excited for the prospects of a DNC there for more than a year. At one point, it was estimated that roughly 50,000 people might travel to the city for business directly related to the four days of the convention. As the coronavirus pandemic hit and then didn’t go away, though, plans changed dramatically.
First, the DNC announced that it would move the convention back a month from July to August. Then, the committee told delegates that they shouldn’t report in-person. Now, there won’t even be an in-person speakers.
It’s a blow to Democrats who were hoping to make in-roads with Wisconsin voters for the 2020 presidential election. And it’s also a blow to the local economy, which was hoping to capitalize on all the business the convention creates.