Biden to accept nomination for president, closing out Day 4 of DNC

first_imgOLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty ImagesBy LIBBY CATHEY, ABC News(MILWAUKEE) — In his third campaign for president, former Vice President Joe Biden — who found his “comeback kid” moment in South Carolina on this year’s primary trail — will formally accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in a speech Thursday — 33 years after he made his first bid for the White House.Under day four’s theme of an “America’s Promise,” Biden will finally assume center stage at the Chase Center in Delaware — more than 800 miles away from Milwaukee, where the speech was slated to take place in person before the coronavirus pandemic upended the committee’s plans and forced a shift to a mostly virtual format.Thursday is the Democrats’ last night to make their case in primetime before Republicans take the spotlight next week and President Donald Trump accepts his party’s nomination from the White House.“Being president doesn’t change who you are, it reveals who you are,” the Democratic National Committee said in a release. “On the final night of the convention, we will hear from those who can speak to Joe Biden’s leadership and character. Joe Biden will speak about his vision for uniting America to move us forward out of constant chaos and crisis, and for delivering on that promise for all.”Thursday’s primetime programming includes speeches from four of Biden’s former opponents in the race for the Democratic nomination — Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Andrew Yang — along with two officials who were on his shortlist for running mate: Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.While Trump has slammed Democrats this week for airing pre-taped DNC speeches, Biden said he doubts the party will ever return to conventions of the past, deeming the new format provoked by the pandemic landscape “inclusive,” “creative” and “a template for the future.”Here is Thursday’s lineup of speakers:Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete ButtigiegCalifornia Gov. Gavin NewsomAtlanta, Georgia, Mayor Keisha Lance BottomsSen.Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del.Andrew YangFormer New York City Mayor Mike BloombergFormer Vice President Joe BidenWith performances from:The ChicksJohn Legend and CommonCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

UW men’s track races for 4-peat

first_imgAll eyes will be on head coach Ed Nuttycombe and the UW men’s track and field team this weekend as they aim for their fourth-straight Triple Crown at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships.But despite all the hype and questions surrounding the subject, Nuttycombe protests the potential four-peat is not the focus of his team right now.”I’ve mentioned it one time the entire year,” Nuttycombe said at a press conference Monday. “I might have mentioned it in the opening meeting in September, but I mentioned it one time since then. It’s not something that you dwell on. I think it’s something they already know about.”It certainly has to be something members of the UW men’s track team know about, considering this would be the first senior class in Big Ten history to win 12 conference titles.Still, Nuttycombe knows his players aren’t dwelling on the records.”I think Chris Solinsky said it best: ‘I can’t worry about those things, I’ve got to worry about my own race,'” Nuttycombe said. “And that’s really what we try to preach. That is, take care of your own business.”Yet, the Badgers will still have a lot of weight on their shoulders. This will not only be the first time Wisconsin enters the Big Ten Championships as the defending conference champs, but also as the reigning NCAA champs, having won the indoor national title earlier this year.Nevertheless, Nuttycombe knows his players won’t let that go to their heads.”They know that these things don’t come easy,” he said. “They know that they have to battle for them. Anything worth having, you’re going to have to fight for.”Still, Nuttycombe likes the feeling of going into this weekend as one of the favorites to win.”I don’t normally say [this], but looking at it on paper, we do look pretty strong,” Nuttycombe said. “We’re excited about the opportunity to go in and defend the championship, and I think we’ve got a great group of senior leadership that is not going to let us down.”Injuries plague womenWhile the men’s track and field team is vying for its fourth consecutive title at this weekend’s Big Ten Outdoor Championships, the women’s team will look to overcome injuries and finish in the upper half.”We’re excited to be heading into the Big Ten Championships,” women’s head coach Jim Stintzi said. “We are, as we were indoors, a little shorthanded.”Without the services of Big Ten champs Blair Luethmers and Katrina Rundhaug, as well as a couple other strong runners, it will be tough for the Badgers to finish at the top.Still, Stintzi believes that the team can’t go into the meet thinking negatively.”If I say, ‘Hey, we’re going to be third,’ and you end up sixth or seventh, then you sound like an idiot,” he said. “If I say, ‘Hey, we’re only going to do this,’ then the kids read it and they say, ‘Well, we can’t do any better than that.'”With runners in virtually every event, UW has to put its injuries behind it and go out and compete.”Is everybody going to score? No. But I think we’re going to be competitive for the team that we can put out there,” Stintzi said. “I think we’ll do reasonably well.”last_img read more