Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden is calling for his party to hold a “virtual convention” amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
While the Democratic National Committee has pushed back the convention, where delegates will ultimately decide who will be their party’s nominee to take on President Trump, until August.
But, Biden wants it now, ABC News reports.
“Well, we’re going to have to do a convention,” Biden said during an interview with ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos. “We may have to do a virtual convention. I think we should be thinking about that right now.”
The decision to delay the convention, originally scheduled for mid-July came after Biden publicly suggested the date be moved back to August as the coronavirus pandemic continues to keep the majority of the American public at home, and the likely Democratic nominee off the campaign trail.
“The idea of holding the convention is going to be necessary. We may not be able to put 10, 20, 30,000 people in one place and that’s very possible. Again let’s see where it is — and what we do between now and then is going to dictate a lot of that as well. But my point is that I think you just got to follow the science,” Biden continued via the report.
Biden has remained at his Willmington, Delaware, home, following the guidance of a stay-at-home order put in place by the state’s governor, and said Sunday morning that he would be heeding the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by wearing a mask the next time he goes out in public as a way to mitigate his risk of contracting COVID-19.
Biden is remaining at his home in Delaware, following health guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The candidate said he would wear a mask in public, also in accordance with new health recommendations, should he go out in public
“Look, I think it’s important to follow the science, listen to the experts do what they tell you,” he added. “He may not like how he looks in a mask but the truth of the matter is that — follow the science. That’s what they’re telling us. So if I go out in public, and I have not gone to commercial places of late I haven’t gone to my local church … but my general point is that you should follow the science.”
BREAKING: Joe Biden tells @GStephanopoulos that Democrats "may have to do a virtual convention. I think we should be thinking about that right now. The idea of holding the convention is going to be necessary."
— ABC News (@ABC) April 5, 2020
ABC News also reports:
When pressed by Stephanopoulos if the Obama administration should have done more to heed a 2014 warning that a “devastating pandemic” was the highest homeland security risk, Biden pushed back, shifting the blame to the Trump administration for ending policies previously put in place by Obama, such as closing the White House Pandemic office.
“We did a whole lot of things, and they got a very detailed breakdown on this by a briefing that the Trump administration (got) when we transition out of office. But the president dismantled almost all of that, drastically cut budgets for the CDC,” Biden said. “He didn’t follow through on any of what we suggested was a real problem.”
While Biden’s campaign has charged that President Donald Trump’s slow response to the coronavirus will cost lives, the former vice president again did not go as far when asked if Trump’s inaction has led to more deaths — saying the president was not responsible for the coronavirus, but is responsible for handling the crisis.
Biden also said a suggested call between himself and Trump on the coronavirus response hasn’t happened, but reiterated he was open to speaking with the president.