Charlotte Talks Politics: Democrats Gavel In Their Virtual Convention

Aug 17, 2020

Monday, Aug. 17, 2020

The summer of virtual political conventions gets underway with the Democrats nominating the historic ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

Credit Biden/Harris campaign

Like the Republican gathering in Charlotte later this month, only a few hundred Democrats will actually be on hand in Milwaukee. No delegates -- and no nominees -- will be present. Biden, who has been pursuing the party's presidential brass ring since the late 1980s, and Harris will accept their nominations from Delaware.

Democrats enter these final months of the campaign with plenty of wind in their sails. Biden has consistently led Donald Trump in national polling for months, and has turned some historically Republican states into tossups.

After months of smoothing over policy differences between Biden and past rivals, most notably Bernie Sanders, what will “party unity” look like coming out of the convention? How will the coming week shape the Democrats’ election message?


Ray McKinnon, Democratic National Committee member, Bernie Sanders delegate

Jane Whitley, Mecklenburg County Democratic Party chair, Joe Biden delegate

Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, South Carolina House (District 66, Orangeburg County), Democratic National Committee member, president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (@GCobbHunter)

Antjuan Seawright, Democratic strategist, CBS News political contributor (@antjuansea)