The 77-year-old Democratic veteran is expected to reveal his vice presidential pick this week, and he has pledged to choose a woman.Biden served for eight years as Obama’s vice president and will formally accept the Democratic nomination on the four-day convention’s final day, August 20.”Joe Biden will speak about his vision for uniting America to move us forward out of constant chaos and crisis, and for delivering on that promise for all,” the party said in a statement.Obama remains one of America’s most popular politicians. He has campaigned virtually with Biden in recent months and has helped him raise millions of dollars in campaign cash. Former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will deliver keynote speeches during next week’s Democratic National Convention when Joe Biden will be confirmed as the party’s White House challenger in the November election.The Democratic Party announced Tuesday that Obama will give a primetime address next Wednesday, the convention’s penultimate evening, while former first lady Michelle Obama will address the convention on Monday, opening night.The schedule details were released amid mounting anticipation over who Biden will choose as his running mate. Topics : The convention had been set for Milwaukee, in the battleground state of Wisconsin. But the coronavirus pandemic has upended the plans of both parties, forcing them to convert the normally raucous in-person events into online affairs driven by video presentations and appearances.The sudden shakeup has caused logistical challenges for both campaigns, but especially for Democrats who were hoping to use a boisterous, crowded live event as a launchpad for Biden’s final sprint to the election on November 3.Democrats have revealed what they hope will be an inspiring lineup of speakers, including standard-bearers of the progressive left like first-term congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.Senator Bernie Sanders, a two-time presidential hopeful whose liberal policies like universal health care and free college have pushed Biden leftward, has been given a Monday speaking slot, along with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Primetime slot for Harris The speaker’s list includes many everyday Americans like emergency responders, teachers and factory workers.But it is also a who’s who of the party’s elite, including several senators who challenged Biden for the nomination: Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris.Harris is widely considered a top potential running mate pick, and her slot on the convention schedule — apparently the last speaker before the Bidens on the final night — has fueled speculation about whether the 55-year-old black woman from California has earned the VP nod.Three other women seen as potential vice presidential picks, Michigan Governor Meghan Whitmer, Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and Warren of Massachusetts, are also on the schedule, while former national security advisor Susan Rice is not.The Clintons — 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton and her president husband Bill — are set to speak too.Also scheduled to address the Democrats is Ohio’s former governor John Kasich, a Republican who has remained a steadfast opponent to President Donald Trump and will endorse Biden.Trump had been adamant about delivering his own nomination acceptance speech at a crowded event in Jacksonville, Florida but he too has acknowledged he will have to deliver his remarks remotely.
Sam Allardyce sends warning to Arsenal over Wilfried Zaha transfer move Arsenal have failed with two bids for Crystal Palace attacker Wilfried Zaha (Picture: Getty)Former Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has told Arsenal to stop ‘messing around’ and ‘pay the money’ for Wilfried Zaha before it’s too late.The Gunners’ opening £40million bid for Zaha was swiftly rejected, with Palace reportedly incensed with the offer considering they value the 26-year-old forward at around £80m.Arsenal have responded by offering £65million plus a loan move for Reiss Nelson, but the Eagles have once again turned down the proposal.Palace, quickly losing patience, are only interested in a permanent deal for any player coming in exchange for Zaha and are threatening to walk away from their talks with Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySpeaking to talkSPORT, Allardyce said: ‘Pay the money! Wilf is in his prime now and there’s not too many like him about.‘I think he’s so ready and I hope Steve [Parish] isn’t calling me for saying this, but it’s Wilf’s time.‘If he doesn’t go very shortly then he never will and Arsenal really need to stump the money up. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 24 Jul 2019 11:41 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.1kShares Advertisement Zaha reportedly submitted a transfer request after returning from AFCON (Picture: Getty)Reports last week claimed that Zaha had handed in a transfer request, Roy Hodgson expects the Ivorian to return to pre-season training with Palace.‘He has not spoken to me. I don’t know if he’s spoken to the club,’ Palace’s manager said following the side’s defeat to Nottingham Forest.‘As far as I’m concerned, he is coming back, he is our player and I’ve been given no information that the club is interested in selling him at the moment.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘I’m just expecting him back, looking forward to working with him and seeing some of the things he can do for us.‘I think he has got another ten days or another week of holiday. I think he is back after we play Bristol City and before we play Hertha Berlin – that gives him his three weeks off.‘If he wants to come back earlier we will be very happy to see him.’MORE: Unai Emery hints Laurent Koscielny is no longer in his plans after Arsenal captain’s pre-season snub Comment Advertisement Allardyce believes it’s Zaha’s time to rejoin a big club (Picture: Getty)‘If Manchester United are having to pay £90m for a centre half which is what they’re looking at in Leicester’s Maguire then Wilf’s £70-80m, it’s worth it today in the market.‘He’s proven he can be a massive success at Arsenal.‘Arsenal are truing to mess around… pay the money, time’s running out and the window’s going to shut.’