- Democrats kicked off their digital nominating convention in the age of COVID-19, featuring a star-studded list of speakers addressing a national prime-time audience.
- Each of the four nights will feature a combination of two hours of pre-recorded video and two hours of live events in a convention that is like none before.
- Presumptive nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, leads President Donald Trump by double digits in many opinion polls, although some polls suggest the race is tightening.
- Democrats are turning up the heat on Trump’s attempts to cut the US Postal Service’s funding as coronavirus rages throughout the country, making mail-in ballots necessary for a safe election.
03:11 GMT – Michelle Obama says Trump is the ‘wrong president’
Michelle Obama called out Trump’s failings while highlighting her own experience with Biden during her keynote address to the DNC, saying the US needs a leader who can empathise with those who struggled financially or lost loved ones during the pandemic.
Biden, who has unexpectedly lost loved ones and knows what it is like to sit “with an empty chair” at the dinner table, can do that, Obama said.
Trump, she said, “is the wrong president for our country. He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head. He cannot meet this moment … It is what it is.”
Obama called on people to vote in record numbers to elect Biden, who will restore decency to the US.
“So if you take one thing from my words tonight, it is this: If you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can and they will if we don’t make a change in this election … We have got to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it.”
02:48 GMT – Sanders calls on supporters to back Biden
Senator Bernie Sanders spoke, thanking the “millions of people” who supported his campaign and calling on them to unite behind Biden, saying Trump is leading the US “down the path of authoritarianism” and that, if he is re-elected, “all the progress we have made will be in jeopardy”.
“We need Joe Biden as our next president.”
Sanders and Biden disagreed on a number of issues, the senator cited Biden’s support of a $15 minimum wage, funding universal pre-kindergarten childcare programmes, and ending private prisons among other commonalities to rally his supporters behind Biden.
One of Sanders’s signature policy proposals was “Medicare for All” or universal healthcare, which Biden has not endorsed, but Sanders said Biden’s policy proposals, including reducing prescription drug prices, will greatly expand access to healthcare.
02:10 GMT – Republicans voice their support for Biden
Several former elected officials – all Republicans – voiced their support for Biden during the DNC.
“In normal times, this would never happen”, former Ohio Governor John Kasich, a lifelong Republican, said in a video, “but these are not normal times.”