PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Democratic National Convention kicks off Monday, and it won’t look like the four-night conventions of years past. And for that reason, a local member of Congress selected as a keynote speaker feels it will be all the more historic.
The physical pageantry of conventions past will not be present for this year’s DNC, originally scheduled to be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in July. The pandemic caused it to be pushed back and then redesigned as mostly virtual.
“I filmed my part of the speech here at home in Philadelphia, literally sitting in my kitchen,” Congressman Brendan Boyle said.
Boyle, who represents large portions of Philadelphia and Montgomery County, has been selected to provide a keynote address. He is among 17 Democrats chosen to provide speeches Tuesday night, all considered “rising stars” by the party.
“It’s a great honor and I’m personally very appreciative of Joe Biden and the campaign for thinking of me in that way,” Boyle said.
He is also glad that both parties have adapted in order to host their respective conventions in a new way because the purpose remains the same: to officially nominate the party’s presidential nominee and to lay out the party’s positions.
“It’s great to be part of that tradition, but also knowing that this is the most unique convention in our nation’s political history,” Boyle said.
The convention will culminate on Thursday with Biden officially accepting his party’s nomination. He will do so while physically in Wilmington, Delaware, alongside his vice presidential pick Sen. Kamala Harris.
Pennsylvania State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta of Philadelphia is also among the 17 “rising star” speakers as the whole speaking roster for the DNC is diverse.