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Elevator operator Jacquelyn Asbie was the first person to nominate Joe Biden for president on Aug. 18, during the second night of the Democratic National Convention. “In the short time I spent with Joe Biden, I could tell he really saw me,” said Asbie, who met Biden back in January when he was headed to an interview with The New York Times. A video of her taking a selfie with the presumptive Democratic nominee went viral. “I knew even when he went into his important meeting, he’d take my story with him,” Asbie said. The coronavirus pandemic upended both parties’ traditional conventions. Instead of in-person events, the program each night features a number of speakers and musical performances virtually across the country.

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