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AOC gets prime-time speaking slot at Democratic convention

The Democratic National Convention announced Tuesday it will feature speeches from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, former first couple Michelle and Barack Obama and former first couple Bill and Hillary Clinton as the four-day event goes fully virtual.

Representative Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive New York City congresswoman who helped shape presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s environmental and energy plan, will give remarks on August 18, the second night of the convention.

She will share the virtual stage next Tuesday with Biden’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State John Kerry, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Former U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates and Delaware Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester.

While the convention was originally scheduled for July 13–16, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the prevailing coronavirus pandemic forced the Democratic National Committee to delay the dates until August 17-20 and move all speech to an online forum.

Biden announced last week that instead of traveling to Milwaukee, he will deliver his acceptance speech from his home state of Delaware on Thursday, August 20.

‘I’ve wanted to set an example as to how we should respond individually to this crisis,’ Biden said at a virtual fundraiser last week when speaking about the virtual convention. ‘From the start of the process, we’ve made it clear… Science matters.’ 

The presumptive nominee is showing his willingness to work with the far-left branch of the Democratic party by inviting Ocasio-Cortez as well as Democratic-socialist Senator Bernie Sanders to make remarks at his nomination.

Several politicians who previously opposed Biden for the nomination, including Sanders, will also make speeches – among that list are former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, California Senator Kamala Harris, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar.

Harris and Warren have also been floated as potential running mates for Biden.

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang is disappointed he won’t be one of the former 2020 Democratic candidates to grace the virtual stage.

‘I’ve got to be honest I kind of expected to speak,’ Yang tweeted Tuesday after the list was released.

‘Maybe I endorsed against one too many incumbents,’ the tech businessman tweeted in a follow-up post. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will make virtual remarks Wednesday night of the convention and share the stage with former Secretary of State and 2016 loser Hillary Clinton.

On each night of the convention, events will begin broadcasting starting at 9:00 p.m. on all major television networks as well as social media sites and some streaming services, like Apple TV and Roku.

Viewers can also watch the convention directly on the DNC’s website.

The announcement of the lineup comes as Biden is preparing to announce who he plans to run with as his No. 2 on the November ticket – the individual will also make a speech on Wednesday night of the convention.

Several women on the short list to become Biden’s vice president are already scheduled to make speeches.

This includes Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who flew to Delaware earlier this month to visit with Biden, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth.

Biden has vowed to choose a woman as his running mate, but there are some external pressures for him to also choose a woman of color in the midst of months-long nationwide Black Lives Matter protests.

The announcement of the lineup of big-name speakers also comes after the convention revealed Monday it would feature several everyday Americans during the events – including a Pennsylvania farmer who voted for Donald Trump in 2016.

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