Biden accepts Democratic presidential nomination, vowing to unite the country

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Biden accepts Democratic presidential nomination, vowing to unite the country
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Biden accepts Democratic presidential nomination, vowing to unite the country
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Former Vice President Joe Biden formally accepted the Democratic nomination for president of the United States on Thursday, assuming the mantle of party standard-bearer more than 30 years after his first presidential run and vowing to deny President Trump a second term while uniting the country.

“I am a proud Democrat and I will be proud to carry the banner of our party into the general election. So, it is with great honor and humility that I accept this nomination for President of the United States of America,” said Biden, who first ran for the White House in 1988. “But while I will be a Democratic candidate, I will be an American president. I will work as hard for those who didn’t support me as I will for those who did.”

Biden, who was introduced by his two surviving children and a recording of his late son Beau, said November’s election will “determine what America is going to look like for a long, long time.”

“Here and now, I give you my word: If you entrust me with the presidency, I will draw on the best of us, not the worst. I will be an ally of the light, not of the darkness,” he said. “It’s time for us, for we the people, to come together.”

Biden’s speech in Delaware came on the fourth and last day of a Democratic National Convention that was unlike any party gathering in history. Forced to scrap in-person events amid the coronavirus pandemic, the convention was carried out virtually, with a slew of speeches and performances over the course of four nights, including memorable remarks by former President Barack Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama and her potential successor Jill Biden.

You can read the rest of Stefan Becket, Kathryn Watson, Caroline Linton, and Grace Segers’ article at CBSnews.com

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