Biden lauds diversity of his winning coalition in first speech as president-elect
London, Nov. 8, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Joe Biden said he is proud of the diverse society that elected him and Kamala Harris the first woman vice president.
“I am proud of the coalition we put together, the broadest and most diverse coalition in history,” Biden said, singling out the support from Black voters who gave his campaign new momentum during the Democratic primaries.
“The African American community stood up for me. You’ve always had my back and I will always have yours,” Biden said.
Biden acknowledge the divisive campaign and the polarisation of American politics evident in the contest.
“It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again,” he said. “We have got to stop treating our opponents as enemies. They are not enemies. They are Americans.
VP-Elect Kamala Harris addresses country says voters chose ‘hope’, calls Biden ‘healer’
To cheers and honks, Harris addressed the crowd in Wilmington, Delaware.
“You chose hope and unity decency, science and yes, truth. You chose Joe Biden as the next president,” Harris said.
“Joe Biden is a healer. He is a tested and steady hand. A person whose own experience of loss gives him a sense of purpose that will help us as a nation reclaim our own sense of purpose and a man with a big heart, who loves with abandon,” she said.
Kamala Harris’ brief speech focused heavily on the historic nature of her election as the first woman vice-president.
“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last,” she said, adding that her election sends a message to girls and women around the country – that it is possible to put someone who looks like them in the White House.
Biden to name Covid advisers on Monday
Biden says the first task is to get the coronavirus pandemic under control. “That’s the only way we can get back to living,” he says.
“On Monday, I will name a group of leading scientists and experts as transition advisers to help take the Biden-Harris Covid plan and convert it into an action blueprint that will start on January 20, 2021,” he says. “That plan will be built on bedrock science.”
He says he will “spare no effort” to turn the pandemic around