Democrats formally nominated Joe Biden for president on Tuesday, vowing his election would repair a pandemic-battered America and put an end to the chaos of the Trump administration.
On the second night of the convention former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, rising stars of the Democratic Party as well as prominent Republicans, who made the case that Biden would return integrity to the White House and normalcy to American lives.
Biden’s wife, Jill, an educator, delivered the headline speech from a Delaware high school where she once taught.
“If we entrust this nation to Joe, he will do for your family what he did for ours: bring us together and make us whole,” she said.
Throughout the evening, Democratic leaders contrasted Biden’s long experience with what they described as Trump’s deadly mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak and his willingness to corrupt democratic institutions.
“At a time like this, the Oval Office should be a command center,” Clinton said in a prerecorded video. “Instead, it’s a storm center. There’s only chaos. Just one thing never changes – his determination to deny responsibility and shift the blame.”
The convention largely virtual due to the coronavirus, delegates from around the country cast votes remotely to confirm Biden as the nominee.
Biden’s vice presidential pick, Senator Kamala Harris, will headline Wednesday night’s program along with Obama.
The Republican National Convention, also largely virtual, takes place next week. Trump will give his acceptance speech at the White House, despite criticism he is politicizing the presidential residence.