Joe Biden: “Now is the time to heal America”
“This is the time to heal in America,” Biden said. This is the time to “Unite our nation and heal its soul,” Harris said.
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris addressed the nation at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris invoked the life and legacy of the late Representative John Lewis during her keynote address tonight, reminding Americans that “democracy is not guaranteed.”
Democracy is “only as strong as our will to fight for it,” Harris said.
“To protect her and never take her for granted,” added Harris from Wilmington. “It takes sacrifice. But there is joy in it. And there is progress, because we, the people, have the power to build a better future ”.
Harris added: “And when our own democracy was on the ballot in this election, with the soul of America at stake and the world watching, you ushered in a new day for America.”
“To the American people who make up our beautiful country, thank you for coming in record numbers to make your voice heard,” said the vice president-elect.
President-elect Joe Biden opened his speech in Wilmington, Delaware, tonight saying that the American people had made their choice clear.
“The people of this nation have said they have delivered us a clear victory, a compelling victory, a victory for us the people,” he said.
“We have won with the most votes cast in a presidential candidacy in the history of the nation,” he added. “74 million.”
Biden said he was surprised by the celebration on the streets across the country, calling it “a flood of joy, of hope, renewed faith in tomorrow to bring another day. I am honored by the trust they have placed in me, ”he added.
The president-elect promised this Saturday that he will seek to be a president who “unites” the country, instead of “dividing” it, and that he will work to win the trust of all Americans, even those who did not vote for him.
“Now, to everyone who voted for President Trump, I understand your disappointment tonight. I’ve lost a couple of times, but now let’s give ourselves a chance, ”Biden said.
The former vice president said it was time for both parties to “listen to each other again.”
“It’s time to put the harsh rhetoric aside, lower the temperature, meet again, listen to each other again, and to move forward, we have to stop treating our opponents as our enemies. They are not our enemies. They are Americans, ”Biden said.