Anchored in Milwaukee, 2020 Democratic National Convention will be a “Convention Across America”

Convention will engage and unite more Americans than ever before
Delegates will conduct official party business without risking public health


MILWAUKEE, WI—The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) announced today their convention plan to broadcast from Milwaukee and across the nation, in a convention geared to reach out to all Americans. The DNCC reiterated the Democratic Party’s commitment to holding a convention that would protect public health while transforming the convention experience for delegates and viewers. Convention planners said that host city Milwaukee would anchor the events for the week, and that programming would include both live broadcasts and curated content from Milwaukee and other satellite cities, locations and landmarks across the country.

“Vice President Biden intends to proudly accept his party’s nomination in Milwaukee and take the next step forward towards making Donald Trump a one-term president,” said Jen O’Malley Dillon, Campaign Manager, Biden for President. “The city of Milwaukee has been an incredible partner and we are committed to highlighting Wisconsin as a key battleground state at our convention this August. This will be a convention for all Americans who wish to join our mission to win the battle for the soul of this nation and build a fairer, more united country for us all.”

Convention planners are also developing new ways to organize and engage online with more voters than ever before during this critical election year. Later this week, convention organizers will launch the first of a series of engagement campaigns that will allow Americans across the country to share their ideas and add their voice to convention programming.

Anchored every night in Milwaukee, the Democratic National Convention will include four nights of programming from August 17-20, 2020. The overall production of the convention’s program—including the satellite broadcasts—will be led by nine-time Emmy-award winning producer Ricky Kirshner. Kirshner has served as the Executive Producer of the Tony Awards since 2004, the Super Bowl Halftime Show—the most-watched television event of the year—since 2007, and has worked on every Democratic National Convention since 1992.

At the convention, Democrats will officially nominate Vice President Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee for president. Through multiple formats and mediums, it will also celebrate the promise of America by featuring the people and their stories that represent the strength and collective humanity of our nation and demonstrate that Vice President Biden is the leader the country needs right now—with the experience, steady hand, and compassion to lead us out of the crisis of the last four years, and strengthen our nation for all Americans.

“Leadership means being able to adapt to any situation,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “That’s exactly what we’ve done with our convention. Unlike this president, Joe Biden and Democrats are committed to protecting the health and safety of the American people. I couldn’t be prouder of the way our team has organized and mobilized to get out the vote and ensure a successful convention anchored in Wisconsin, and I’m grateful for the extraordinary leadership of our partners in the city of Milwaukee. Donald Trump’s days in the Oval Office are numbered.”

Additional updates unveiled by the Democratic National Convention Committee today include:

  • Conducting official business without risking public health—After consulting with public health officials about the COVID-19 pandemic, convention organizers are announcing today that they have determined state delegations should not plan to travel to Milwaukee and should plan to conduct their official convention business remotely. A process is being developed to ensure all delegates can cast their votes on all convention matters, including the presidential nomination, remotely during the convention. DNC standing committee meetings will take place virtually as well, with the first standing committee meetings set for the last week of July.
  • Announcing our Convention Chair—U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson will serve as Permanent Chair of the 2020 Democratic National Convention. The Convention Chair presides over all official convention business.
  • Developing robust health protocols—In addition to continued collaboration with local, state, and federal public health officials, the DNCC is bringing on nationally-renowned epidemiologists and infectious disease experts Dr. W. Ian Lipkin and Dr. Larry Brilliant, who will help advise on efforts to protect the health and safety of convention staff, attendees, and the people of Wisconsin. Dr. Lipkin, Director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University, is an expert in diagnostic testing and collaborated with the WHO on coronavirus outbreak control for SARS, MERS, and COVID-19. Dr. Brilliant, a former professor of epidemiology, is best known for his work on the successful eradication of smallpox.
  • Updating the convention campus—With fewer people gathering in person at this year’s event, convention planners are modifying the convention campus. All convention proceedings will move from Fiserv Forum to the Wisconsin Center, the convention center located in downtown Milwaukee. Specifics regarding delegation representation on the convention floor will be provided after public health officials complete their assessment of the trajectory and impact of the coronavirus pandemic and determine how many people can safely gather in person later this summer.
  • Eliminating official auxiliary events—Previous conventions have included several large-scale events attended by thousands of people, such as a welcome reception for media and delegates as well as an event for volunteers. In keeping with the commitment to deliver a convention that poses no unnecessary risk to public health, convention organizers will no longer proceed with hosting these in-person parties.

“Everything is on the line this November, which is why we must find creative and forward-looking ways to organize, mobilize, and unite our party around our shared values at the convention so that we can launch Joe Biden to victory this fall,” said Joe Solmonese, CEO of the Democratic National Convention.

As convention planners continue to monitor the coronavirus health crisis and its impact across the nation, they will continue to examine all options for the success of the convention that ensure the safety of any participants and the host city. More details will be made publicly available as the convention’s plans are further finalized.


About the Democratic National Convention The 2020 Democratic National Convention will be anchored in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from August 17-20. The Democratic National Convention is the formal event during which delegates of the Democratic Party choose the party’s nominees for president and vice president in the 2020 election. At the convention, the Democratic Party also adopts the official Democratic Party platform as well as the rules and procedures governing party activities, including the nomination process for presidential candidates in the next election cycle.
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Democratic Party Agenda

DNC Talkers’ Toplines — September 04

Trump attacks Democrats for not getting any work done in Congress. The reality is that Democrats have actually done a lot, but Trump has opposed their legislation, and it has stalled in McConnell’s legislative graveyard, despite broad support from voters.

Here’s a look at some of what Democrats have done:

  • House Democrats passed the Raise the Wage Act to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
  • House Democrats passed the American Dream and Promise Act to provide hardworking immigrants a much deserved pathway to citizenship.
  • Democrats passed a disaster relief bill.
  • House Democrats passed the Equality Act to prohibit discrimation based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • House Democrats passed a package of bills to protect people’s access to health care and help make prescription drugs more affordable.
  • House Democrats passed a bill to restore net neutrality.
  • House Democrats passed the Climate Action Now Act to take action to protect our climate and create economic opportunities.
  • House Democrats passed legislation to reauthorize and expand the Violence Against Women Act.
  • House Democrats passed legislation to require background checks for all gun sales.
  • House Democrats passed legislation to help close the gender pay gap.
  • House Democrats passed historic anti-corruption reform.
  • House Democrats passed election security legislation to strengthen our election systems against foreign interference.

While Democrats are working for the American people, what has Trump done lately?

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Mueller Testimony

  • Democrats won the day. Mueller painted a clear picture for the American people and confirmed in public what he put forward in his report:

    • The report did not exonerate Trump.

    • He did not find “no obstruction.”

    • Russia interfered in our election to help Trump and made multiple approaches to Trump campaign officials. Instead of reporting it to the FBI, Trump’s team welcomed it, put into their messaging strategy, and then lied to cover it up.

  • Despite Mueller making clear that his investigation was not a witch hunt or a hoax, Trump and his allies continue to lie about it. Here’s the truth:

    • Nearly 200 criminal charges filed

    • 34 people and 3 companies charged.

    • 7 guilty pleas, including Trump’s national security advisor, who pleaded guilty to lying about his contacts with Russia

    • 25 ongoing criminal cases

    • 14 criminal referrals

    • $40 million recovered for the U.S. government (more than the total cost of the investigation)

  • Before today, only 3% of Americans had read the Mueller report. Now, many more Americans had the opportunity to hear the truth from Mueller himself.

  • That’s what this is all about – Americans across the country getting a chance to hear what really happened and better understand the crimes that were committed.

  • Mueller also went out of his way to raise the alarm on the threat of foreign influence. This report uncovered one of the most serious attacks on our democracy in our history. But Mueller made clear it won’t be the last, and more needs to be done.

    • When asked about Russia’s continued interference Mueller told the committee that “they’re doing it as we sit here.”

    • Mueller later said that “much more needs to be done” in regards to election security.

  • It is Congress’s constitutional duty to provide oversight and their patriotic duty to protect our elections. Republicans have abandoned their duty to conduct oversight, and they must do more to protect our next election.

  • Republicans tried to smear the FBI and Special Counsel Mueller. But notably, they didn’t dispute the facts of the actual report.

  • House Democrats will continue to work to gather more information, fight Trump’s cover up in the courts, and give the American people the truth they deserve.


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Democratic Presidential Primary Debate

2019 JUN 26 – TOPLINES: Integrity, ideas, substance, solutions

  • The American people saw leadership on stage tonight. They saw candidates who are laser-focused on the future. And they saw the beginning of the end of the chaos and incompetence of the Trump presidency.

  • The contrast with Donald Trump was clear: this debate focused on the issues people care about. We didn’t hear candidates talk about hand-size. They talked about:

    • Health care

    • Economy

    • Climate Change

    • Immigration

    • Women’s reproductive rights

  • What Americans will take away is that the Democratic Party has their back.

  • No matter which one of our exceptional candidates makes it to the mountaintop, people know they’ll have a leader they can trust.

  • Any candidate on that stage would be a better president than Donald Trump.


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DNC News of the Day

2019 JUN 18 – New Campaign, Same Broken Promises

Background: Trump is relaunching his campaign today with a rally in Orlando, Florida.

  • Trump will spend the next year lying about the promises he’s kept, the deals he’s made, and telling America that he’s made it great again.

  • For the ultra-wealthy, big corporations and D.C. lobbyists, there’s no question Trump has made America great – they’ve made out like bandits while the rest of us are still running in place.

    • He gave huge tax cuts to the rich and big corporations at the expense of working people.

    • He’s flooded the government with special interest lobbyists so that oil companies and big banks have more influence than ever.

  • But the question voters need to ask is: what’s he done for me?  For the middle class, the answer is nothing. He hasn’t done anything.

    • He promised he would make health care cost less – he didn’t.

    • He promised he would stand up to drug companies – he didn’t.

    • He promised he would save manufacturing jobs – he didn’t.

    • He promised he’d make paychecks bigger – he didn’t.

  • Trump shook things up – by rigging the system even worse.  He helped corporations and the top one percent get richer, but he betrayed working Americans who trusted him.

Trump Obstacles To Securing 270 Electoral Votes

  • We take nothing for granted and are building the infrastructure to win  tight races in battleground states across the country. But as Trump launches his campaign he faces major obstacles in securing reelection that Democrats are preparing to capitalize on:

    • Trump’s standing and Democratic victories across “the blue wall.” In 2018 Democrats won statewide elections in PA, MI, WI, OH and MN by significant margins. Public polling shows the challenges he faces in this region: he is 12 points underwater in PA; only 36 percent say they would reelect him in MI; his net approval has dropped 19 points in WI; and he is 16 points underwater in MN.

    • Trump faces challenges in attempting to expand his map. In NV last cycle Democrats won the Senate, gubernatorial and attorney general races (Jon Ralston wrote there is “not one indicator — not one — that Trump could flip NV”); in CO Democrats won every statewide race in 2018; and in VA Republicans have not won a presidential race since 2004.

    • In 2018, Democrats made traditionally Republican states more competitive — Trump can’t take anything for granted. In AZ, Democrats won three statewide races (in addition to flipping 4 seats in the state house); in GA, Democrats came within 2 points of winning the governor’s race; and in NC, Democrats hold the governor’s mansion and broke the GOP supermajority in the legislature in 2018 — in fact “every single Republican in the N.C. House of Representatives from the Raleigh and Charlotte suburbs lost except one.”

    • Florida, Florida, Florida. Democrats are investing earlier than ever before. Through programs like Organizing Corps 2020, Florida Democrats already have 90 field organizers on the ground — and the FDP has announced a multi-million dollar voter registration program along with a year-round voter protection department. In 2018 Florida Democrats elected their first Democratic cabinet officer since 2006, flipped two congressional seats, sent the largest legislative delegation to Tallahassee in over 20 years and flipped county governments in Hillsborough, Orange and Miami Dade.

    • The DNC is laying the groundwork to defeat Trump in the general election. We’ve launched: Organizing Corps 2020 — an unprecedented, multi-million dollar investment to train the organizers across seven battleground states, with a special focus on communities of color; the War Room, a joint effort of the DNC’s communications, research and digital departments that drives rapid response against Trump (the DNC’s research department is home to the most comprehensive research file on Trump); and a state-of-the-art, cloud based data warehouse along with the new Democratic Data Exchange.

Democratic Debates 2019

Debate Announcement

  • The DNC announced the twenty candidates that have been invited to participate in the first Democratic presidential primary debate, and NBC announced who will appear on which night.

    • Night 1: Cory Booker, Julián Castro, Bill de Blasio, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Tim Ryan, Elizabeth Warren

    • Night 2: Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, John Hickenlooper, Bernie Sanders, Eric Swalwell, Marianne Williamson, Andrew Yang

  • The first debate will take place over two back-to-back nights at 9 p.m. ET on June 26 and 27, 2019, in Miami, Florida.

  • The debate will be broadcast in prime time on NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo, and will be streamed online for free on a variety of digital and social platforms.

  • The DNC and its media partner have committed to a system for selecting candidates for each night that ensures both nights have equal potential for high viewership.

  • Candidates were divided over two nights through random selection by our media partner. The random selection was divided into two groups – those polling at 2% or above and those under 2%.

More information on qualifying for the debate:

  • The DNC is committed to an inclusive and fair approach to setting the criteria for debate qualification, and it has taken unprecedented steps to ensure that this historically large field of candidates gets the opportunity to make their case on the debate stage to a wide audience.

  • The DNC’s qualification criteria is extremely generous – along with a low polling threshold of 1% in three polls, we included a new path for candidates through grassroots fundraising.

  • This grassroots fundraising requirement measures a candidate’s strength with small-dollar donors. It reflects a candidate’s grassroots support.

  • Setting this benchmark for campaigns encourages and rewards them for engaging in work that the DNC believes they absolutely must do in order to beat Donald Trump.

DNC News of the Day 2019 JUN 04

House Hearings In Mueller Investigation

  • House Democrats announced that they will hold a series of hearings to continue to examine the contents of the Mueller report and Trump’s obstruction of justice.

    • Former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean is scheduled to testify next week. Dean has experience with criminal investigations and White House cover-ups.

    • John Dean was one of more than 1,000 former federal prosecutors to sign on to a letter stating that Trump would have been indicted if he were not president.

  • Hearing from these experts is only the beginning and part of the House’s ongoing work. House Democrats are not wasting any time in beginning hearings, while they continue to work to have Don McGahn and Mueller himself testify.

    • The House will also vote next week to hold Barr and McGahn in contempt of Congress for defying congressional subpoenas.

  • In his press conference last week, Mueller made clear that if the special counsel’s office had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, then they would have said so.

    • Mueller stated that his team operated under DOJ guidelines that a sitting president could not be indicted, and so they did not make a determination as to whether Trump committed a crime.

      • Barr previously claimed that the OLC opinion was not the reason Mueller didn’t find a crime. That wasn’t just spin — it was a flat-out lie.

  • It is clear that Trump, Barr, and the rest of his cronies have been trying to cover up the special counsel’s findings, even if that means lying to the American people or obstructing congressional investigations.

  • It is Congress’s constitutional duty to conduct oversight as an equal branch of government and, despite Trump’s attempts to obstruct House investigation, Democrats will continue to their jobs.

Mueller Press Conference 2019 MAY 29

  • In his press conference today, Mueller contradicted Trump and his Republican allies on his claim of “total exoneration” and his denial of Russia’s election interference.

  • Mueller made clear that if the special counsel’s office had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, then they would have said so.

    • Mueller also stated that his team operated under DOJ guidelines that a sitting president could not be indicted, and so they did not make a determination as to whether Trump committed a crime.

    • Barr previously claimed that the OLC opinion was not the reason Mueller didn’t find a crime. Now we know that wasn’t just spin — it was a flat-out lie.

  • Mueller concluded by saying that there were multiple, systemic efforts to interfere in our election, and those efforts deserve the attention of every American.

    • Despite growing intelligence warnings that Russia will interfere in the 2020 election, Trump has repeatedly downplayed Russia’s extensive election interference campaign, and his White House has hampered efforts to protect our upcoming elections.

  • It is clear that Trump, Barr, and the rest of his cronies have been trying to cover up the special counsel’s findings, even if that means lying to the American people or obstructing congressional investigations.

  • It is Congress’s constitutional duty to conduct oversight as an equal branch of government, and Mueller’s statements today make their investigations all the more important.

    • Republicans in Congress must also join Democrats in working to protect our elections.


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DNC: News of the Day 2019 APR 29

Trump Renews Vow To Repeal ACA

  • As the headliner at the NRA convention last week, Trump renewed his vow to kill the ACA and take health care away from millions of Americans.

    • Trump said he’s coming for “the rest” of the ACA, after he and Senate Republicans failed to fully repeal the law.

  • Meanwhile, a new poll shows that voters continue to put health care as their top issue in the 2020 election, and by a 17-point margin are more likely to oppose than support Trump because of his handling of the issue.

  • The Trump administration escalated its attacks on Americans’ health care by supporting a lawsuit to overturn the entire Affordable Care Act, including its pre-existing condition protections.

    • Neither the White House nor Republicans in Congress even have a plan to replace the ACA should they succeed in overturning the law.

  • Trump said that he wants to put off a vote on a plan to replace the ACA until after the 2020 election. This is exactly why we need to elect a Democratic president.

    • Trump has proven time and time again that any plan he comes up with will kick millions off of their health insurance and return to the days when insurers could discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions.

  • For nearly a decade, Republicans have tried and failed to kill the ACA. Overturning the ACA would be a major setback for efforts to address the opioid crisis and lower prescription drug prices — two major areas that Trump has promised to prioritize.

  • Trump repeatedly promises that he will preserve protections for people with pre-existing conditions even as he continues to back efforts that would undermine or completely erase those provisions.

  • Democrats believe health care is a right, not a privilege – and so do the American people. It’s time for the Trump administration and Republican leaders to stop playing games with people’s lives.


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Director of Broadcast Media
Democratic National Committee

DNC News of the Day

2019 APR 26: Trump Stands With The NRA

  • A year ago, Trump told Parkland school shooting victims and their families that he would fight for them, stand up to the NRA, and support a comprehensive gun reform bill.

  • Since then, it has been abundantly clear those were all lies. Instead, Trump chose to side with the NRA over the vast majority of Americans who support common sense gun reforms.

    • Trump has stood in lockstep with the NRA, repeatedly defending them and regurgitating their talking points.

    • Trump abandoned his promise to work for gun control measures opposed by the NRA, and has fully embraced their agenda.

  • Today, Trump once again takes center stage at the NRA’s national convention, yet again proving that he stands in lockstep with the NRA.

  • Americans are sick of this charade. The vast majority of Americans support common-sense gun reforms to ensure a tragedy like the Parkland school shooting never happens again.

  • Democrats understand that responsible gun ownership is part of the fabric of many American communities, but also realize that current laws are not enough to curtail the epidemic of gun violence.

    • House Democrats have already begun working to take action and passed legislation to require background checks for all gun sales. The White House, meanwhile, said it would veto this legislation if it reaches Trump’s desk.


Lucas Acosta
@LucasRAcosta

Director of Broadcast Media
Democratic National Committee