Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden officially accepted his party’s presidential nomination.
Biden spoke Thursday night from Wilmington, Delaware, as he closed out the fourth and final night of the all-virtual Democratic National Convention. With no physical gathering place, Biden delivered his speech as the Democratic presidential nominee without a cheering crowd, a standing ovation or waves of balloons and confetti breaking over his head. Biden’s been boxed into a more subdued position because of the novel coronavirus that has shocked the U.S. economy and killed over 170,000 Americans.
The virus forced organizers to put on a remote event with delegates and politicians beaming in via video from around the country, zapping the energy from what’s usually a political jamboree. But the event has also given Biden a chance to present a curated vision of his party and principles, showcasing a diverse Democratic coalition and a still-open door to bipartisan governing that many see as a relic of a different Washington.
The theme for Thursday night was “America’s Promise” and the programming includes musical performances by The Chicks, John Legend and Common.
With files from the Associated Press