Former United States vice president Joe Biden on August 20 accepted the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination for the upcoming election.
Accepting the nomination, Biden urged American voters to come together to end a “season of darkness” that has cloaked the US for “much too long”.
“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,” Biden said. “I’ll be an ally of the light, not our darkness.”
“And make no mistake, we’ll overcome this season of darkness in America,” he declared.
Biden, 77, accepted the nomination on the final day of the Democratic National Convention held virtually due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. California Senator Kamala Harris, who accepted the party’s vice-presidential nomination on August 20, will be Biden’s running mate.
Biden served as a senator from Delaware for three decades before being tapped as president Barack Obama’s vice president. He first ran for president in 1988 and unsuccessfully attempted it again in 2008.
Incumbent President Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee of the rival Republican Party. Trump will be formally renominated as his party’s candidate during the virtual Republican National Convention next week.