Democrats in the United States nominated Joe Biden as their 2020 presidential candidate, designating formally the former vice president and Washington veteran as the party’s pick to take on Republican President and candidate Donald Trump in the elections to be held on 3 November.
It is the honor of my life to accept the Democratic Party's nomination for President of the United States of America. #DemConvention— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 19, 2020
Biden has picked Kamala Harris to be his running mate. Like the Democratic National Convention, the roll call for the vote was taken entirely online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Well thank you very, very much, from the bottom of my heart. It means the world to me and my family," a beaming Biden said in a live video as he celebrated the nomination.
While Biden had already won a majority of the vote of the delegates back in June, this was a formality that is done in the run up to the US presidential race. The announcement coincided with Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention.
It also included former President Jimmy Carter and the 1990s commander in chief Bill Clinton, who warned everyone that the White House was in chaos. "At a time like this, the Oval Office should be a command centre. Instead, it's a storm centre. There's only chaos," Clinton said.
I remember helping President Carter with his campaign back when I was a first-term Senator. I'm deeply honored to have his support today.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 19, 2020
Thank you, Mr. President. #DemConvention pic.twitter.com/P7deAwTbzo
On the first night of the convention, the keynote speaker was Michelle Obama, who asked everyone to put their weight behind Biden and vote for him like their lives depended on it. Other strong speakers included the daughter of a 65-year-old COVID-19 victim, George Floyd’s brother, and Bernie Sanders.
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