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Milwaukee DNC Day 1 Schedule: Who’s Speaking Monday? [LIVE VIDEO]


The Democratic National Convention, albeit a much-scaled down and largely virtual version, kicks off on Aug. 17 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. What’s the schedule for Milwaukee DNC day 1? Who’s speaking Monday?

The headliners for Monday, Aug. 17: Former First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. It’s also been announced that some Republicans will be speaking in support of Joe Biden: Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former GOP Rep. Susan Molinari from Staten Island, and Meg Whitman, the former eBay and Hewlett-Packard CEO.

“Join us on Monday, August 17 from 9-11 pm ET for the first night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, where we’ll hear from the many Americans who are rising up to take on the crises facing our country and join Joe Biden in rebuilding the country and moving it forward,” the DNC wrote.

Watch Milwaukee DNC day 1 here live:

If you’d rather watch it on television, here’s what The New York Times says about that:

The major broadcast networks, ABC, CBS and NBC, plan to carry an hour of the convention live each night, from 10 to 11 p.m. on the East Coast. Cable news channels will air the two-hour nightly proceedings in full, but the Democrats’ jampacked schedule poses a risk that local affiliates in swing states could cut away at 11 p.m. if speakers aren’t wrapped up.

President Donald Trump is counter programming the DNC by appearing in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on Monday afternoon. You can learn more about the president’s visit here.

Milwaukee DNC Day 1 Main Speakers Start at 9 p.m. ET

Here’s Monday’s schedule of DNC speakers:

9-11 p.m. Senator Amy Klobuchar
9-11 p.m. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto
9-11 p.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo
9-11 p.m. Governor Gretchen Whitmer
9-11 p.m. Representative Jim Clyburn
9-11 p.m. Convention Chairman Bennie Thompson
9-11 p.m. Representative Gwen Moore
9-11 p.m. Senator Doug Jones
9-11 p.m. Performance by Maggie Rogers
9-11 p.m. Performance by Leon Bridges
10-11 p.m. Senator Bernie Sanders
10-11 p.m. Former First Lady Michelle Obama

Day 2 Speakers: Tuesday

See the schedule for Tuesday, Aug. 18 here.

9-11 p.m.
Former Acting US Attorney General Sally Yates
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer
Former Secretary of State John Kerry
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester
Former President Bill Clinton

10 p.m.-11 p.m.
Dr. Jill Biden

Day 3 Speakers: Wednesday

See the schedule for Wednesday, Aug. 19 here.

Speaking are:

9-11 p.m.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Performance by Billie Eilish
Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Gov. Tony Evers
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grishan
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

10 p.m.-11 p.m.
Sen. Kamala Harris
Former President Barack Obama

Day 4 Speakers: Thursday

See the schedule for Thursday, Aug. 20 here.

9-11 p.m.
Sen. Cory Booker
Pete Buttigieg
Performance by The Chicks
Gov. Gavin Newsom
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
Sen. Tammy Baldwin
Sen. Tammy Duckworth
Sen. Chris Coons
Andrew Yang

10-11 p.m.
Vice President Joe Biden

Biden and Harris will be in Delaware for their speeches, according to New York Magazine.

“Democratic officials have encouraged their remote speakers to set up cameras in symbolic and visually interesting locations, rather than drab Zoom backgrounds, like bookcases and spare rooms, that are common to cable talk shows,” The New York Times reported.

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