Today is the day.
The Democratic National Convention officially gets underway tonight in downtown Milwaukee.
Though different than originally expected, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says there is still a lot to be proud of.
“Would I have loved to have 50,000 people here on a gorgeous, gorgeous August day where we can show off our beautiful city, of course I would. Would I have liked to have $200-million to help our restaurants and hotels and small businesses, of course I would. I can’t sugarcoat the disappointment in that, but I think every person who listens to this should still be proud. We were chosen. It was a competition and we were chosen to represent the country. It’s because we’re a microcosm. It’s because we’re a great city. I’m very proud of that. I’ll always be very proud of that.”
Both virtual and in-person events will take place at the Wisconsin Center.
Wisconsin Center District CEO Marty Brooks tells WTMJ they’ve been working hard the last few weeks to make sure they were ready to host this major event.
“It’s certainly different than how we expected the Convention Center to be used a year and a half ago. But there’s a very serious tone in the building. The Wisconsin Center staff is thrilled to be back working. Having the convention here has been an opportunity to bring people back to work, both full and part time. We’re happy to be working. We’re happy to be supporting this terrific event.”
Speeches begin each night at 8 p.m. and run through 10 p.m.