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DNC lineup of speakers headlined by the Obamas and Jill Biden as keynotes

The Democratic National Convention is turning to former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden as keynote speakers for the first three nights of next week's convention before presumptive nominee Joe Biden delivers his acceptance speech to cap Thursday.

Under the banner "Uniting America," the convention – previously set for Milwaukee but moved to a virtual format amid the coronavirus pandemic – will seek to also tell the stories of Americans who are struggling during the global coronavirus pandemic and economic downturn. 

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Biden will accept the presidential nomination and attend the convention from Wilmington, Delaware, but Democratic officials have not announced a specific location for his speech. Other speakers will attend virtually as well.

Here's the nightly lineup of speakers, according to a schedule the Democratic National Convention Committee released Tuesday, with more speakers to be announced later this week.

Monday: Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders,  John Kasich 

Democrats are using Monday to show support from opposite ends of the of political spectrum with speeches from Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a 2016 Republican candidate for president who has been critical of Trump.

Michelle Obama will serve as Monday's keynote speaker.

Sanders is the standard bearer of the progressive wing of the Democratic party, while Biden has appealed to more centrist Democrats. But the former Senate colleagues have worked together since Sanders exited the race, previously establishing several Biden-Sanders unity task forces.

Monday's theme, "We the People" will focus on "Americans rising up to take our country back" by singling out what the campaign calls the nation's three crises – the pandemic, the struggling economy and racial injustice. 

Other speakers Monday include: U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-New Mexico; New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo; Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer; U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C.; U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.; U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisconsin; U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama; and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota.

Tuesday: Jill Biden, Bill Clinton, AOC, Sally Yates

In another display of unity from the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, will speak Tuesday.

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The Tuesday lineup also includes former President Bill Clinton and Jill Biden, wife of Joe Biden, who is the night's keynote speaker.

Tuesday's "Leadership Matters" theme will feature small business owners, front-line health care workers, racial justice leaders, veterans, activists and others who the Biden campaign says are "looking for leadership" out of the White House.

Other speakers Tuesday are: former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates; Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D, New York; former Secretary of State John Kerry; and U.S Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Delaware.

Wednesday: Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, VP nominee

The convention lineup Wednesday includes former President Obama, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Biden's onetime primary opponent Sen Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

On Wednesday, the convention will also hear from Biden's vice president nominee, a woman he is expected to announce this week

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The aim of Wednesday's "A More Perfect Union" will be to tout Biden's "Build Back Better" plans for the economy and recovering from the pandemic.

Other speakers Wednesday will include: Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers; New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham; and former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Thursday: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Tammy Duckworth, Keisha Lance Bottoms

Biden will deliver his acceptance speech on Thursday.

Leading up to that moment, speakers will include Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who's national profile has risen during the coronavirus pandemic.

Other speakers include three of the women Biden has reportedly considered as a potential running-mate: Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc.; Sen. Tammy Duckworth. D-Ill., and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., who is believed to be one of the vice presidential finalists.

Thursday's theme is "America's Promise." Speakers will cast Biden as a man of character, decency, compassion and resilience – "a fighter" who gets back up. The night will lean into Biden's biography and his long record in Washington. 

Other speakers Thursday include: Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.; California Gov. Gavin Newsom; former South Bend, Indiana, mayor and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg; U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Conn.; and the Biden family. The DNC did not say which family members will speak.

Other speakers scheduled throughout the week, but who are not elected officials, include:

Gerald Lang, Michigan UAW official

Lang is a United Auto Workers union official, as well as a team leader at General Motors' Lake Orion, Michigan, facility. Biden has focused often on appeals to union- and blue-collar works in the Midwest, and Trump won Michigan in 2016 by a narrow margin. It's considered a key pickup state for Democrats this year.   

"Joe Biden understands that auto workers are the heart of the economy in Michigan," Lang said in a statement released by the Biden campaign. "And he's spent his career fighting for us." 

Florida paramedic Aldo Martinez

As a paramedic in Fort Myers, 26-year-old Martinez has been on the frontlines fighting the coronavirus pandemic. He also is a covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

DACA is a program created by President Obama in 2012, which provides work authorization and prevents deportation for immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. The Supreme Court denied the current administration's attempt to end the program earlier this summer. 

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Elementary school teacher Luz Chaparro Hernandez and retired educator Julie Buckholt

Chaparro Hernandez teaches in a bilingual program for second- and third-graders and is one of two Milwaukee educators that are scheduled to speak at the convention.

She plans to focus on how the pandemic has changed schools and affected educators and students, saying that Biden is the leader the country needs to recover from the pandemic, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 

Buckholt is a retired educator and also is scheduled to speak. She has a chronic disease that she told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel costs $15,000 per week to treat.

Reach Joey Garrison on Twitter @joeygarrison.

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