Booker gets speaking spot at Democratic National Convention

'Slap in the Face' if Biden Doesn't Pick Black VP, Michigan State Senator Says

Biden's much-anticipated running mate, who has not yet been named, is also scheduled to address the convention on Wednesday.

Booker, whose own campaign for president never took off, will address the convention remotely on August 20, the same night Joe Biden accepts his party's nomination, officials announced Tuesday.

The speaker list for the convention has been scaled back significantly after the coronavirus forced Democratic planners to scrap plans for an in-person event in Milwaukee and shrink most of the live programming to two hours each night from 9 p.m. ET to 11 p.m. ET.

Senator Bernie Sanders, a two-time presidential hopeful whose liberal policies like universal healthcare and free college have pushed Mr Biden leftward, has been given a Monday speaking slot, along with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Jones also endorsed Biden's candidacy for president soon after Biden announced he was entering the race.

A Biden campaign spokesperson declined to comment.

Biden's vice-presidential pick to address the crowd before former President Obama takes the stage on Wednesday.

They argue Biden otherwise risks dampening enthusiasm among black voters who are so crucial to the Democratic base and his hopes of unseating Republican President Donald Trump in November's election, particularly as the country has been gripped with protests against racial injustice.

"It's the most important decision the Biden camp can make to set the tone for the last 80 or so days", she said. Former Obama national security adviser, Susan Rice, is not mentioned in the list of speakers.

According to Democratic officials and Biden allies, US Representative Karen Bass, a black lawmaker from California, and a half dozen other women were under serious consideration. Other contenders for the position slated to speak at next week's convention include Illinois Sen.

Whitmer will speak on the day titled "We the People" along with Sens.

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