By LIBBY CATHEY, ABC News
(MILWAUKEE) — In his third campaign for president, former Vice President Joe Biden — who found his “comeback kid” moment in South Carolina on this year’s primary trail — will formally accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in a speech Thursday — 33 years after he made his first bid for the White House.
Under day four’s theme of an “America’s Promise,” Biden will finally assume center stage at the Chase Center in Delaware — more than 800 miles away from Milwaukee, where the speech was slated to take place in person before the coronavirus pandemic upended the committee’s plans and forced a shift to a mostly virtual format.
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7:18 p.m. Excerpts from Yang, Bottoms, Baldwin and Buttigieg remarks
Convention officials released some excerpts of remarks from Andrew Yang, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who are scheduled to speak before Joe Biden formally accepts the nomination.
Bottoms is expected to invoke the late Rep. John Lewis and the Civil Rights movement to push the country to vote.
“People often think they can’t make a difference like our Civil Rights icons, but every person in the movement mattered—those who made the sandwiches, swept the church floors, stuffed the envelopes. They, too, changed America,” she says in the prepared remarks. “We have cried out for justice, we have gathered in our streets to demand change, and now, we must pass on the gift John Lewis sacrificed to give us, we must register and we must vote.”
Baldwin is set to lay out a vision for the country under Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris’ stewardship.
“We all have stories like this. Stories about a time when the system was rigged against us. When we were counted out, left out, pushed out. Just think of what we’ve heard these past four days,” she will say, adding that an America under Biden and Harris will be a nation that “plans,” “builds” and “builds back.”
The two former 2020 candidates, who are also set to be featured in a video with some of their other formal rivals, are expected to share why they are now lining up behind Biden and outline the stakes of the election.
“I have gotten to know both Joe and Kamala on the trail over the past year — the way you really get to know a person when the cameras are off, the crowds are gone, and it’s just you and them. They understand the problems we face. They are parents and patriots who want the best for our country. And if we give them the chance, they will fight for us and our families every single day,” Yang will say.
“Every American must now decide. Can America be a place where faith is about healing and not exclusion? Can we become a country that lives up to the truth that Black lives matter? Will we handle questions of science and medicine by turning to scientists and doctors? What will we do to make America into a land where no one who works full time can live in poverty,” Buttigieg will say in his remarks.
— ABC News’ Kendall Karson
7:11 p.m. Trump slams Biden near Pennsylvania childhood home hours before his DNC speech
President Donald Trump headed to the 2020 battleground state of Pennsylvania Thursday afternoon to make a campaign speech in the town of Old Forge, just a few miles from former Vice President Joe Biden’s childhood home in Scranton — and just hours before Biden makes his own speech accepting his party’s nomination for president in his adopted home state of Delaware.
“If you want a vision of your life under Biden presidency, think of the smoldering ruins in Minneapolis, the violent anarchy of Portland, the bloodstained sidewalks of Chicago, and imagine the mayhem coming to your town, and every single town in America,” Trump said.
Here is Thursday’s lineup of speakers:
- Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.
- Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg
- California Gov. Gavin Newsom
- Atlanta, Georgia, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
- Sen.Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.
- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.
- Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del.
- Andrew Yang
- Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg
- Former Vice President Joe Biden
With performances from:
- The Chicks
- John Legend and Common
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