How to Watch the ‘Virtual’ Democratic National Convention

The online event kicks off Monday
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As with so much else, this year’s Democratic National Convention has switched from a crowded in-person event to an online-only affair. Delegates and speakers will participate from locations across the country–all 57 U.S. states and territories, the party notes–some from stages in L.A., New York, and Milwaukee, and some from their own homes or other locations. The general public can watch the DNC live online.

How Can I Watch the DNC 2020? 

Events are scheduled from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific time, from Monday, August 17 through Thursday, August 20. Live gavel-to-gavel video feeds will be available on YouTube.

In some ways, going virtual means more access for the public than in a normal year. Traditionally, television carried only the each night’s keynote addresses and acceptance speeches. This time around, the public can pop in to watch live feeds of all of the daytime caucus and council meetings as well. A full schedule of those sessions can be found on the DNC site.

The primary convention program runs from 6 to 8 p.m. each night, preceded by “Your Voice Your Vote,” a youth-oriented pre-show airing on Twitch from 5 to 6 p.m.

Who Is Speaking at the DNC? 

Monday, August 17
Senator Amy Klobuchar
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto
Governor Andrew Cuomo
Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Representative Jim Clyburn
Convention Chairman Bennie Thompson
Representative Gwen Moore
Senator Doug Jones
Musical Performance: Maggie Rogers
Musical Performance: Leon Bridges
Senator Bernie Sanders
Former First Lady Michelle Obama

Tuesday, August 18
Keynote Address
Roll Call Across America
Former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates
Senator Chuck Schumer
Former Secretary of State John Kerry
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester
Former President Bill Clinton
Dr. Jill Biden

Wednesday, August 19
Senator Elizabeth Warren
Musical Performance: Billie Eilish
Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Governor Tony Evers
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords
Musical Performance: Jennifer Hudson
Senator Kamala Harris (V.P. Nomination Acceptance Speech)
Former President Barack Obama

Thursday, August 20
Senator Cory Booker
Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Musical Performance: The Chicks
Governor Gavin Newsom
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
Senator Tammy Baldwin
Senator Tammy Duckworth
Senator Chris Coons
Andrew Yang
Vice President Joe Biden (Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech)


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