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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden to speak at Netroots Nation 2014 in Detroit, Michigan

Orga­niz­ers of Net­roots Nation, Amer­i­ca’s largest annu­al gath­er­ing of pro­gres­sive activists, took the wraps off of a major and wel­come sur­prise this after­noon with the announce­ment that Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Biden would be com­ing to Detroit to speak to the con­ven­tion dur­ing a spe­cial Thurs­day after­noon gen­er­al ses­sion.

Land­ing Biden is a big coup for Net­roots Nation. The con­ven­tion has been addressed by for­mer pres­i­dents and pres­i­dents, as well as con­gres­sion­al lead­ers and mem­bers of Con­gress, but this will be the first time that the sit­ting Vice Pres­i­dent of the Unit­ed States will have spo­ken.

It will also be Biden’s first appear­ance at Net­roots Nation. He was invit­ed to par­tic­i­pate in the Pres­i­den­tial Lead­er­ship Forum held in Net­roots Nation’s sec­ond year, in Chica­go (back then, the con­ven­tion was known as Year­lyKos), but declined to attend due to his desire to par­tic­i­pate in anoth­er event. The oth­er con­tenders for the Demo­c­ra­t­ic nom­i­na­tion — Barack Oba­ma, Hillary Clin­ton, John Edwards, Chris Dodd, Bill Richard­son, Den­nis Kucinich, Mike Grav­el — all showed up.

Raven Brooks, the exec­u­tive direc­tor of Net­roots Nation, tout­ed Biden’s forth­com­ing keynote address in a blog post also emailed to atten­dees.

As you may know, Net­roots Nation came from hum­ble begin­nings: a group of activists sim­ply want­ed to come out from behind their screens and meet up in real life. Since that first meet­ing nine years ago, this con­fer­ence has grown into the largest gath­er­ing of pro­gres­sives in the nation, bring­ing the bright­est orga­niz­ers, inno­va­tors and thinkers togeth­er with lead­ing elect­ed offi­cials from up and down the bal­lot.

Some of our atten­dees will run this cycle’s hottest cam­paigns; oth­ers have start­ed or will start game-chang­ing orga­ni­za­tions with­in the next year. And every­one who attends does impor­tant work with­in their own com­mu­ni­ties after the con­fer­ence ends.

So it makes per­fect sense that Vice Pres­i­dent Biden would address the folks who will knock on doors, make phone calls and raise aware­ness for the issues that are most impor­tant to our coun­try.

From his long­time sup­port of labor unions to speak­ing out on impor­tant issues like LGBT equal­i­ty, Vice Pres­i­dent Biden has in many ways giv­en heart and soul to this admin­is­tra­tion. We couldn’t be more excit­ed to wel­come him to Net­roots Nation for the first time.

We hope you’ll be there too.

We’ve been plan­ning to be in Detroit since NN ’14 was announced, and we’re very excit­ed that Joe Biden has agreed to join us, even if his par­tic­i­pa­tion means the day’s sched­ule has to be rearranged, and even if it means hav­ing to wait in lines to go through met­al detec­tors. Only Pres­i­dent Oba­ma would arguably be a big­ger get.
Ever since he and Oba­ma took office, we’ve been hop­ing that Joe Biden would speak at Net­roots Nation. This year, that wish is being ful­filled. We’re look­ing for­ward to a rous­ing address from Biden next week, and will be cov­er­ing it live right here on the Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate a week from tomor­row at half past noon.

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One Comment

  1. Con­grat­u­la­tions on land­ing the Veep.

    # by Mike Barer :: July 9th, 2014 at 8:39 PM