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Elizabeth warren VOWS RECOVERY FROM CRISIS


Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth warren VOWS RECOVERY FROM CRISIS

WILMINGTON, Del.—Former Vice President Joe Biden cast himself as a capable leader prepared to steer the nation out of the coronavirus pandemic, as he formally accepted the Democratic presidential nomination and asked the American public to elect him in place of President Trump.“United, we can and will overcome this season of darkness in America,” Mr.…

Elizabeth warren VOWS RECOVERY FROM CRISIS

Elizabeth warren

WILMINGTON, Del.—Former Vice President Joe Biden cast himself as a capable leader prepared to steer the nation out of the coronavirus pandemic, as he formally accepted the Democratic presidential nomination and asked the American public to elect him in place of President Trump.

“United, we can and will overcome this season of darkness in America,” Mr. Biden declared Thursday from an auditorium in his hometown of Wilmington. “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.”

“This is not a partisan moment, this must be an American moment,” he added. “This is a life-changing election that will determine America’s future for a very long time.”

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden addressed the country on the final night of the national convention. He pledged to represent all Americans and lead the country out of difficult times. Photo: Andrew Harnik/Associated Press

Mr. Biden’s remarks, three decades after he first sought the Democratic nomination, capped a first-of-its-kind virtual convention during which his allies, including former President Obama, spent the week portraying Mr. Trump as failing to meet the challenges of his job and mismanaging the U.S. response to the pandemic. They depicted Mr. Biden, 77, as empathetic and thoughtful and someone who would be a more conventional leader of the country.

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In his address, Mr. Biden portrayed the nation as resilient in the face of the pandemic and ready to move forward after racial unrest and economic losses. “I have always believed you can define America in one word: Possibilities,” he said.

Mr. Biden, who lost his first wife and infant daughter in 1972 and his son Beau Biden in 2015, spoke directly to the families of those who have died during the pandemic, telling them that he understood “how hard it is to have any hope.”

“I found the best way through pain and loss and grief is to find purpose,” Mr. Biden said. “As God’s children, each of us have a purpose in our lives. We have a great purpose as a nation.” He also credited his wife, Jill Biden, and members of his close-knit family with giving him courage.

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Mr. Trump had sharp words for Mr. Biden Thursday afternoon in an appearance at Old Forge, Pa., near the former vice president’s childhood hometown of Scranton.

“At stake in this election is the survival of our nation. We’re dealing with crazy people on the other side. They’ve gone totally stone-cold crazy,” said Mr. Trump, adding that Mr. Biden was a “puppet of the radical left movement.”

Mr. Biden spoke inside a darkened auditorium with a backdrop of American flags and the party’s convention logos, after the pandemic prompted Democrats to cancel their planned gathering in Milwaukee. He never referred to Mr. Trump by name, calling him “this president” or the “current president” in his remarks.

In the parking lot of the Chase Center in Wilmington, about 100 vehicles gathered for a drive-in watch party for the final night of the convention.

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Alessandra Goldstein, 6 years old, and her family were among those who gathered outside the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del., on Thursday, the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention.



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The party has used the convention to showcase past leaders, including Mr. Obama and former President Bill Clinton, and to spotlight what it sees as its next generation, chief among them Mr. Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris of California.

Following his speech, Mr. Biden joined Ms. Harris and their spouses for a fireworks display. They stood on an outdoor stage before massive American flags. Wearing masks, they locked hands and raised them to the crowd.

The final night of the convention also saw former presidential hopefuls Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.), Pete Buttigieg, Michael Bloomberg and Andrew Yang deliver separate speeches that focused on the human and economic consequences of the pandemic.

“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris know the dignity of all working Americans; they know the urgency and the demand of our dream,” Mr. Booker said. “But working people are under attack, the wealth gap grows, our middle class shrinks, and poverty persists.”


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Mr. Bloomberg also took aim at Mr. Trump’s record as a real-estate developer while urging Americans not to “rehire” him as president.

“He drove his companies into bankruptcy six times, always leaving behind customers and contractors who were cheated and swindled and stopped doing business with him,” Mr. Bloomberg said. “Well, this time, all of us are paying the price. And we can’t let him get away with it again.”

The televised event has featured liberals in the party, led by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Republicans such as former Ohio Gov. John Kasich to send a message that any Americans who are disenchanted with Mr. Trump are welcome in Mr. Biden’s coalition.

Appearing in a video on Thursday, Mr. Sanders offered a testimonial for Mr. Biden’s character, referring to his former rival as “a human being who is empathetic, who is honest, who is decent.”

“At this particular moment in American history, my God, this is something this country absolutely needs,” Mr. Sanders said

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Bernie Sanders hailed Joe Biden empathetic, honest, decent and needed during the Democratic National Convention.



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Republicans will hold a small convention gathering Monday in Charlotte, N.C., followed by televised events during the week and capped by an Aug. 27 speech in which Mr. Trump will accept the party’s nomination at the White House.

National polls during the summer have shown Mr. Biden with an edge over the president and a lead in several crucial battleground states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida.

Mr. Biden, who ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination in 1988 and 2008, launched his third bid for the presidency in April 2019, declaring that the character of the nation was on the ballot. He was often at the center of an ideological battle between moderates and the party’s progressive wing, and he stayed in the race through poor showings in both Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two nominating contests.

Mr. Biden came in a distant second to Mr. Sanders in Nevada, but he turned his campaign around in South Carolina’s primary. His strong support from Black voters and the endorsement of Rep. James Clyburn, the state’s most influential Democrat, helped resurrect his bid.

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Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden are seen on a screen as supporters watch fireworks after the Democratic National Convention ended in Wilmington, Del.



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Other moderate candidates quickly dropped out of the race and endorsed Mr. Biden ahead of Super Tuesday, and he notched a string of victories with one-third of the party’s pledged delegates up for grabs. After the pandemic brought the campaign to a standstill, Mr. Sanders dropped out of the race in April and endorsed Mr. Biden, effectively making him the presumptive nominee.

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Mr. Biden has spent recent months largely holding virtual events, where he has sharply criticized Mr. Trump’s handling of a pandemic that has claimed more than 174,000 American lives.

The former vice president recalled on Thursday how he decided to launch his third bid for the presidency after watching Mr. Trump blame “both sides” for clashes between white nationalist demonstrators and counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017.

“That was a wake up call for us as a country and for me, a call to action,” Mr. Biden said.

Mr. Biden invoked the nationwide protests after the May 25 killing of George Floyd in police custody and the death of civil rights icon John Lewis last month.

“America’s history tells us that it has been in our darkest moments that we’ve made our greatest progress,” Mr. Biden said. “Let history be able to say that the end of this chapter of American darkness began here tonight, as love and hope and light join in the battle for the soul of the nation.”

—Catherine Lucey and Tarini Parti contributed to this article.

Write to Sabrina Siddiqui at Sabrina.Siddiqui@wsj.com and Ken Thomas at ken.thomas@wsj.com

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