Democrats make it official, nominate Biden to take on Trump.
New York: The moment marked a political high point for Biden, who had sought the presidency twice before and is now cemented as the embodiment of desperate desire Democrats to defeat President Donald Trump this fall.
Democrats formally nominated Joe Biden as their 2020 presidential nominee on Tuesday night, as party officials and activists from across the nation gave the former vice president their overwhelming support during his all-virtual national convention of his party.
The moment marked a political high point for Biden, who had sought the presidency twice before and is now cemented as the embodiment of desperate desire of the Democrats to defeat President Donald Trump this fall.
The roll call of convention delegates formalized what has been clear for months since Biden took the lead in the primary elections chase for the nomination. It came as he worked to demonstrate the breadth of his coalition for a second consecutive night, this time blending support from his elders and fresher of party faces to make the case that he has the experience and energy to repair chaos that Trump has created at home and abroad.
Former president Bill Clinton and former secretary of state John Kerry—and former Republican secretary of state Colin Powell—were among the heavy hitters on a schedule that emphasized a simple theme: Leadership matters. Former president Jimmy Carter, now 95, also made an appearance.
“Donald Trump says we are leading the world. Well, we are the only major industrial economy to have its unemployment rate triple,” Clinton said. “At a time like this, the Oval Office should be a command center. Instead, it is a storm center. There is only chaos.”
On Tuesday during a speaking program underscored the challenge of Biden as he seeks to inspire a new generation of voters. While the Democratic leaders of yesteryear can point to experience and achievement, many of them are aging white men.
Just 77 days before the election, Biden has neither history nor enthusiasm on his side.
Just one incumbent president has been defeated in the last four decades. And the supporters of Biden consistently report that they are motivated more by opposition to Trump than excitement about Biden, a 77-year-old lifelong politician.
That deficit could hurt turnout among less consistent voters, particularly minorities and younger voters, whom Biden needs to show up in great numbers this fall.
Biden formally captured his presidential nomination on Tuesday night after being nominated by three people, two Delaware lawmakers and 31-year-old African American security guard who became a viral sensation after blurting out “I love you” to Biden in a New York City elevator.
Delegates from across the country then pledged their support for Biden in a video montage that featured Democrats in places like Edmund Pettis Bridge of Alabama, a beach in Hawaii, and the headwaters of the Mississippi River.
In the opening of the second night of the convention, a collection of younger Democrats, including former Georgia lawmaker Stacey Abrams and New York Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, were given a few minutes to shine. But overall, there was little room on Tuesday in a program for the younger stars of the far-left wing of the party.
“In a democracy, we do not elect saviors. We cast our ballots for those who see our struggles and pledge to serve,” said Abrams, 46, who emerged as a national player during her unsuccessful bid for governor in 2018 and was among those considered to be running mate.
Biden is fighting unprecedented logistical challenges to deliver his message during an all-virtual convention this week as the coronavirus epidemic continues to claim hundreds of American lives each day and wreaks havoc on the economy.
The former vice president was becoming his nominee as a pre-recorded roll call vote from delegates in all 50 states breaths of air, and the four-day convention will culminate on Thursday when he accepts that nomination inside a mostly empty Delaware convention hall.
His running mate, California Sen Kamala Harris, will become the first woman of color to accept a major vice-presidential nomination on Wednesday.
Until then, Biden is presenting what he sees as the best of his sprawling coalition to the American electorate in a format unlike any other in history. There is no live audience for any of the speakers, who have so far delivered their remarks standing or seated alone in mostly pre-recorded videos.
For a second night, the Democrats featured Republicans.
Powell, who served as secretary of state under George W Bush and appeared at multiple Republican conventions in years past, was endorsing the Democratic candidate.
In a video released ahead of his speech, he said, “Ou