Former Vice President Joe Biden suggested that the Democratic National Convention may be canceled due to the coronavirus.
MSNBC host Brian Williams asked Biden whether the convention would still go on in more than 100 days given that the coronavirus has upended life as we know it.
"It's hard to envision that," Biden said. "We ought to be able — we were able to do it in the middle of the Civil War all the way through to World War II — have Democratic and Republican conventions and primaries and elections and still have public safety. And we're able to do both. But the fact is it may have to be different."
Biden says election must go on:
Despite concerns about the convention, Biden said that the country must still move forward with the election.
"There's no rationale for eliminating or delaying the election," he said.
Biden urged states to start preparing for virtual or mail voting.
"This is about making sure that we're able to conduct our democracy while we're dealing with a pandemic," Biden said. "There's a lot of ways to do it, but we should be talking about it now."
Trump says GOP convention must go on:
Trump told Fox News last week that he has no plans to cancel the Republican Convention in August.
“We’re not going to cancel,” Trump said. “I think we’re going to be in great shape long before then.”
While the Democratic National Committee said they are discussing alternatives, the Republican National Committee told The New York Times that it has held no such discussions.
We have not had any substantive conversations about alternative scenarios,” an RNC official told the outlet.