Barack and Michelle Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton each will have speaking slots at next week’s Democratic National Convention, which, because of the coronavirus pandemic, will be almost entirely virtual from locations across the country.
Also speaking will be Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden’s chief challenger for the nomination, and John Kasich, the Republican former governor of Ohio. Three Californians, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi and Gavin Newsom, got speaking slots, although additional speakers and celebrities will be announced in the coming days. Also speaking will be Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), the star of the progressive left who had yet to enter elective politics in the last cycle.
Some of the speakers are pre-recording their speeches. The New York Times reported that Michelle Obama was pre-taping her appearance.
The proceedings will take place from 9-11 p.m ET each evening, starting on Monday.
Sanders, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI), Kasich, Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and former first lady Michelle Obama.
Former acting attorney general Sally Yates, Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, former Secretary of State John Kerry, Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DL), Bill Clinton, and Jill Biden. Also planned that evening are keynote address, with the speaker yet to be identified, and a virtual roll call of delegates to formally nominate Biden.
Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the vice presidential nominee and Barack Obama.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Newsom, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, former South Bend, IN mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Sen. Chris Coons (D-DL), Harris, the Biden family and Biden.
Democrats also announced nine speakers “from all walks of life,” designed to showcase everyday Americans at the convention.
Among those not on the list of speakers was Andrew Yang, who wrote on Twitter, “I’ve got to be honest I kind of expected to speak.”