New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro will also have roles in next week’s event, Democratic officials told CNN. While the exact schedule is still being finalized, the lineup comes as the party seeks to highlight the diversity of its members and supporters as Joe Biden officially becomes her presidential candidate.
Ocasio-Cortez, an early supporter of Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid, will be part of a segment that nominates the senator from Vermont to congress on Tuesday night, officials said, and it will also appear in a video that airs Wednesday. The congressman̵
7;s participation further underscores Biden’s campaign efforts to bring the party to the forefront.
After Sanders completed his race in 2020, Ocasio-Cortez served as co-chair of a climate change working group between supporters of Sanders and Biden campaigns, one of several unity commissions that both teams held.
Lujan Grisham and Cortez Masto, who were among the early names mentioned as possible contenders for the Democratic Vice Presidential nomination, will have speaking slots at the congress along with California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who approved Biden during beginnings.
Castro, who delivered the keynote address at the National Democratic Convention in 2012, will be part of a segment that includes former 2020 presidential candidates.
Several Latino elected officials who approved of Biden at the outset will also have roles in Congress – Nevada State Senator Yvanna Cancela, Long Beach, California, Mayor Robert Garcia and the Republic of Texas Victoria Neave.
“Latinos are an integral part of the structure of this nation, which is why we are making considerable efforts to ensure that Latino voices and experiences are emphasized throughout the National Democratic Convention,” said Julie Chávez Rodriguez, a senior campaign adviser. Biden. “Latino voters are critical of our path to victory, and as we continue to make our case for Vice President Biden, we will continue to invest in reaching out to Latino voters and elevating individual stories to tell the diversity and experiences of Latins in all over the country. “
Democrats have significantly scaled up their congressional plans and turned to a largely virtual format for their event due to the coronavirus pandemic. Biden and her future husband will no longer travel to Milwaukee to accept the nomination in person. The former vice president is expected to deliver his acceptance speech at his state in Delaware.
The theme of the congress, which will take place August 17-20, is “Unity of America,” which represents a guiding principle of the Biden campaign.
The first night of events, next Monday, will feature Sanders, former First Lady Michelle Obama, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, as Congress seeks to show the broad influence of Biden supporters. Hillary Clinton, Democratic presidential candidate 2016, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts, a former rival of Biden’s, is expected to speak Wednesday night.
Democrats have also announced they will represent “voters of all kinds,” including a Mexico City Child Advancement Deferred Recipient who works as a paramedic in Florida between the coronavirus pandemic and a Wisconsin teacher who works at a bilingual primary school and has had to adapt to teaching amid the global health crisis.
Political conventions usually contain four days of full programming, but this year’s Democratic event will condense into two hours of prime-time coverage over four nights.