Joe Biden officially declared Democratic nominee in celebrates with just a few balloons as AOC endorses Bernie Sanders – The Sun
DEMOCRATS officially nominated former Vice President Joe Biden to be their presidential nominee on Tuesday night, setting up a November contest with President Trump.
Biden offered a few brief remarks when he was joined by his wife, Jill Biden, and several of his grandchildren.
The 77-year-old said, "Thank you, thank you, thank you," before accepting the nomination.
Kool & The Gang's "Celebration" then played as Biden and his family embraced.
There was no drama in the roll call for votes, which took place virtually because of coronavirus concerns.
Earlier in the night, Senator Chris Coons of Delaware and Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester, also from Biden's home state, gave speeches on the former vice president's behalf.
Coons, a close friend of Biden, said: "Joe Biden has never forgotten where he’s from.
"He’s been sustained by his faith and his family through the toughest of times, and he has the heart and the compassion for this moment."
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York gave a speech on behalf of Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, who finished second to Biden in the Democratic primary.
In her 90-second address, Ocasio-Cortez did not mention Biden's name – but she later took to Twitter to offer her support to Biden and explain why individuals were invited to speak on behalf of Sanders, who passed a required threshold of votes.
This year's roll call did not take place on the convention floor of Milwaukee, as planned, but in virtual statements featuring state markers.
Included in the lineup were activists, local politicians, healthcare works and teachers, who listed the number of delegates their state had assigned to Sanders and Biden.
Fred Guttenberg, who spoke on behalf of Biden’s Florida delegates, said: “When my daughter was murdered in Parkland, Joe Biden called to share in my family’s grief.
"I quickly learned about his decency and ability, but I also learned about his toughness and how he’s beat the [National Rifle Association].”
Former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Cater also offered their support for Biden, pointing to his experience and decency as a human being.
Such characteristics have been recurring talking points during speeches over the past two evenings, with Democrats looking to paint Biden as the best equipped candidate to lead America out of the coronavirus pandemic, end racial friction, and kickstart the economy.
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