Former US president Joe Biden officially accepted the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party, urging the American voters to come together to overcome a season of darkness that has cloaked the US for much too long.
Biden, 77, was introduced by a video that went through the former vice president’s life, and career, and highlighted his role as a father, husband and political leader. Biden’s children, Ashley Biden and Hunter Biden, spoke before their father accepted the nomination.
Biden, 77, became the Democratic Party’s nominee for the November 3 presidential election on Tuesday night in a pre-recorded roll call vote from delegates in all 50 states.
“It is the honour of my life to accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States of America,” Biden said in a tweet.
In the general elections, Biden is leading over Trump by 7.7 points nationally, according to the average of polls by Real Clear Politics. This is a few points drop from his previous lead of 10.2 points he held in June. Trump, 74, would be formally nominated by the Republican Party as its presidential candidate at its virtual convention next week.
Biden praised his Indian-American running mate Kamala Harris during his nomination acceptance speech, describing the California senator as a powerful voice in the US and said her “story is the American story.”