Democrat Convention Speakers Include Biden, Obamas, Former AG Yates

The Clintons are also among the speakers
By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news and stories relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is based in Maryland.
August 11, 2020 Updated: August 11, 2020

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is among the planned speakers at the Democrat National Convention (DNC) this month.

The convention will take place over four nights starting Aug. 17. It is largely taking place remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are scheduled to take part, as are former First Ladies Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, who lost to President Donald Trump in 2016.

The top Democrats in the House of Representatives and the Senate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) are also slated to appear during the convention.

Other planned speakers include Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, former Secretary of State John Kerry, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

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Sally Yates, former deputy attorney general, is seen testifying remotely in response to a question from Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) during a Senate hearing in Washington on Aug. 5, 2020. (Erin Schaff/Pool/Getty Images)

An unusual inclusion is Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general who was questioned by Congress last week over her involvement in the breach in protocol in the Obama administration’s targeting of Trump’s incoming national security adviser, Lt. Gen Michael Flynn, just before Trump took office.

Trump took to Twitter after the questioning to accuse Yates of either lying or being “grossly incompetent.”

“It is not possible she could have known so little about Dirty Cop James Comey (and others) from her high position in the Department of ‘Justice.’ The political Crime of the Century, and she had no idea what they were doing?” he wrote, referring to efforts to spy on his campaign.

Former Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich is also scheduled to appear at the convention.

Democrats plan to officially make Biden, 77, the nominee during the convention.

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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden delivers a speech at the William Hicks Anderson Community Center, in Wilmington, Del., on July 28, 2020. (Mark Makela/Getty Images)

“On the final night of the convention, we will hear from those who can speak to Joe Biden’s leadership and character. Joe Biden will speak about his vision for uniting America to move us forward out of constant chaos and crisis, and for delivering on that promise for all,” the convention committee said in a statement.

Members of Biden’s family will speak that night, though their names haven’t been revealed as of yet.

Most of the candidates who vied for the nomination but eventually dropped out and endorsed Biden are supposed to speak at the convention.

They include Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), as well as former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Gerald Lang, a Michigan United Auto Workers union official; Aldo Martinez, a Florida paramedic who is covered by Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program; and Wisconsin elementary school teacher Luz Chapparo Hernandez are among the speakers who aren’t former or current top Democrats.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news and stories relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is based in Maryland.