April 16, 2021

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Speakers schedule tonight includes Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders

In this screengrab, Michelle Obama is seen during the 2020 BET Awards.

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The 2020 Democratic National Convention kicks off Monday night as the party prosecutes its case against a second term for President Donald Trump

The events, originally slated to take place in Milwaukee, will go on mostly remotely from around the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. Former Vice President Joe Biden plans to accept the party’s presidential nomination on Thursday night. 

Speakers will start at 9 p.m. ET on Monday. Popular former first lady Michelle Obama will headline the group along with Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the runner-up to Biden in the 2020 Democratic primary race. CNBC.com will livestream the event, as will the DNC’s website.

C-SPAN, CNN, MSNBC and PBS will show the full two hours of the convention each night.

Sanders’ speaking slot underscores the party’s efforts to reach out to more liberal voters. Other speakers include Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, the House majority whip whose endorsement helped to propel Biden to the nomination, and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who leads the critical swing state of Michigan. 

Senator Bernie Sanders during an interview on June 4, 2020 —


Here’s the full list of Monday night’s speakers: 

  • Former first lady Michelle Obama (slated to appear in the 10 p.m. hour)
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. (slated to appear in the 10 p.m. hour)
  • Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala. 
  • Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis. 
  • Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss. 
  • Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C. 
  • Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer 
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo 
  • Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev. 
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. 
  • Former Ohio governor and GOP presidential candidate John Kasich
  • Former Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman

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