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Wed Mar 25, 2020, 03:29 AM

Democrats consider contingencies as coronavirus threatens to upend July convention

Last edited Wed Mar 25, 2020, 06:36 AM - Edit history (1)

Source: KMBC

The decision to postpone this year's summer Olympics, announced Tuesday, put further pressure on convention planners. Democrats selected the mid-July date in an effort to pick a nominee before the international sporting event began. Now that the coronavirus outbreak has delayed the Olympics, some are questioning whether similar changes need to be made to the convention.

"We have never been here before. We are in uncharted territory and it is clear to me that it is appropriate at this time ... that they are looking at contingency options," said Antonio Villaraigosa, the former mayor of Los Angeles who was chair of the 2012 convention. "There is no decision yet to postpone or cancel the convention in anyway, but it would be malpractice not to look at contingencies."

Villaraigosa said that he doesn't believe the party is at the point where they have to decide whether to scrap its most important event. But the former mayor said Perez and other Democrats are "looking at a broad panoply of options that may include a virtual convention."

"I am not arguing that they go to a virtual convention," he added, "but it would be malpractice not to look at all of the options."

Read more: https://www.kmbc.com/article/democrats-consider-contingencies-as-coronavirus-threatens-to-upend-july-convention-1/31920029



also could there be some conflicts with the NBA finals? with the Olympics postponed, is there really any reason why it can't be moved to August?

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pstokely Mar 25 OP
JustABozoOnThisBus Mar 25 #1
former9thward Mar 25 #3
Renew Deal Mar 25 #2
Thekaspervote Mar 25 #4
HarlanPepper Mar 25 #5
Renew Deal Mar 25 #7
Bayard Mar 25 #6
DENVERPOPS Mar 25 #8
Polybius Mar 25 #9
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Response to pstokely (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 05:36 AM

1. I, too, am very concerned about the NBA finals. The suspense is agonizing.

The Democratic convention, if, or whenever, or wherever, or however it's conducted, is less concerning. The outcome is certain at this point.

Let's have a few more primaries, mail-in, phone-in, or conducted by poll of lawn signs, and the delegate count will be done.

But the NBA finals, oh dear! And baseball spring training and opening days delayed, oh the humanity!

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 08:11 AM

3. The NBA finals will draw far, far more viewers than people watching the conventions.

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Response to pstokely (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 07:50 AM

2. It would certainly disrupt anyone looking to make trouble at the convention.

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:12 AM

4. Exactly!! I'm all for that...let a certain disappointed bunch throw virtual chairs!!

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:16 AM

5. Which is a great reason to not have a traditional convention

I have to admit denying certain folks a platform to disrupt by simply not having the event is a delicious thought in these troubled times.

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Response to HarlanPepper (Reply #5)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:43 AM

7. The one good thing

Other than having so much TP I never have to buy it again.

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Response to pstokely (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:25 AM

6. It sounds to me,

Like the virus will still have us by the throat for the Nov. election, much less the Dem convention. We also need to be thinking about contingencies for that.

I wouldn't put anything past trump at this point, including trying to postpone/cancel the election.

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Response to pstokely (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 02:13 PM

8. ANOTHER THREE+ MONTHS BEFORE WE EVEN HAVE A CANDIDATE??????????

Un-believeable.................

Hell, Trump has been campaigning since the day he was "appointed" to office.......

WASF

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Response to pstokely (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 02:27 PM

9. NBA finals?

They are not gonna scrap the entire season?

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Response to pstokely (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 02:35 PM

10. An inperson national convention is a bad idea

The Texas and California delegations will be housed near O'Hare airport and will have a long bus rides each way. Being cooped up in a bus is not a good idea right now

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