“One of the most powerful voices we hear in the country today is from our young people,” said former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, who is running for President. “They’re speaking to the inequity and injustice that has grown up in America. Economic injustice. Racial injustice. Environmental injustice. I hear their voices, and if you listen, you can hear them, too.”
Biden addressed a television audience to accept his party’s official nomination for the presidency. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Democratic National Convention was held virtually this year. Nearly 25 million people tuned into the four-day event, which began on August 17.
The purpose of a political party’s national convention is to officially nominate its presidential and vice presidential candidates. Biden has chosen United States Senator Kamala Harris of California to be his running mate. She is the first woman of color to run on a major party’s ticket.
A former attorney general, Harris is the daughter of immigrants. Her father came to the U.S. from Jamaica, and her mother was born in India.
“We are united by the fundamental belief that every human being is of infinite worth, deserving of compassion, dignity, and respect,” Harris said upon accepting her party’s nomination. “We rise and fall as one.”