The Coronavirus may amend the plans for the event at which the presidential candidate is nominated.
Former U.S. vice president Joe Biden, a likely candidate from the Democratic Party in the November presidential elections, believes that the coronavirus pandemic that has engulfed the country is likely to lead to a significant program change or postponement of the July National Congress of the party, which will officially nominate its candidate.
National Congresses of the Democratic and Republican Party are held every four years and are an important element of American democracy, but as Biden noted in an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday night, “it’s hard to imagine” for the Democrats’ Congress, which is scheduled for mid-July in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to go as planned.
The Republican Party congress is scheduled for August and is scheduled to take place in the city of Charlotte in North Carolina.
According to Biden, “we should listen to the scientists” to see if it would be safe to hold such a mass event by July, which will be attended by several thousand Democrats and hundreds of journalists.
Under current restrictions, that would be impossible.
President Donald Trump, running for a second term, extended the recommendations on social distance until the end of April, while the number of victims of coronavirus in the country is growing by several hundred every day.
The government and health authorities recommend that Americans avoid meetings of more than 10 people. In some cities, police have already begun arresting violators.
Dozens of governors across the country have issued decrees instructing residents not to leave their homes.
To date, approximately 80 percent of the country’s population had been affected by such orders.
Biden said the timing of the convention was chosen to avoid coinciding with the Tokyo Summer Olympics, which were to begin on 24 July. However, the Olympics have now been postponed to 2021, and the Democratic Party could postpone the convention if it seemed appropriate given the evolving situation.
“There is more time now,” Biden said. – We should be able to do what we did during both the Civil War and World War II – holding Democratic and Republican Party congresses, primaries, and elections while ensuring public security. We can do both”.
With regard to the November 3 general elections, Biden said state authorities should prepare more ballots for remote voting by mail and consider virtual voting.
They should do it now and plan,” he said. – The idea is to make our democracy work while we fight the pandemic. We can do both. We may have to change something. Maybe social distance will not be enough. There may be a situation where we have to vote literally without getting out of the car.