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Congresswoman Gwen Moore expects speaking role when DNC convenes in Milwaukee

Posted at 3:08 PM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 16:08:33-04

The scaled-back Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee is August 17th. Congresswoman Gwen Moore - who helped bring the convention to Milwaukee - believes it is still the right place for the the party to convene and officially nominate former Vice President Joe Biden - even if only several hundred people are expected to attend.

It won't be the 50,000 people everyone had hoped for before the pandemic.

"It's the kind of place to reconnect with our values, " said Moore. "So I'm very proud."

The Milwaukee Democrat has had speaking roles at previous conventions for Hillary Clinton and President Obama.

Moore tells TMJ4's Charles Benson she expects a speaking opportunity next month.

"It will probably be short this time but I am going to," said Moore, "I have been well trained as a member of Congress to say what you got to say in a minute."

She had a lot to say Thursday at a virtual event for Joe Biden and his BUILD BACK BETTER plan for caregivers.

Moore sees them as essential workers, now more than ever, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"There is not fair pay for those folks who are caretaking for other folks and making it possible for them to stay in their home."

President Trump's team responded in a statement saying his economic plan, "puts American families first-including allocating over $9.8 billion for small businesses to protect the paychecks of a million Wisconsin workers," said Anna Kelly, Trump Victory's Wisconsin Press Secretary.

Moore is also focused on the election in November. Not just who is on the ballot but making sure voting will be safe and accessible.

"Yes, I'm very concerned about what November will look like. I want to take all precautions and assume the worst."

Moore doesn't want to see a repeat of the April 7th Spring Election that led to long lines in Milwaukee for in-person voting and numerous court battles.

Moore wants to make sure voters will have options on where and how to vote.

"Opening up early voting sites that involves mail-in ballots," said Moore. "And it also involves people having the right and the ability to vote in-person."

So far, nearly 750,000 absentee ballots have been sent out for the August 11th primary, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, with more than 216,000 ballots returned.

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