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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Biden: 'I will be an ally of the light, not the darkness'

Joe Biden on Thursday condemned the grim and divisive path that he asserted President Donald Trump has set the country on, pledging in his acceptance speech of the Democratic presidential nomination to be a leader for all Americans, rather than playing only to his base.

“Here and now I give you my word. If you entrust me with the presidency, I will draw on the best of us, not the worst,” Biden said from a crowd-free convention center in Delaware. “I will be an ally of the light, not the darkness.”

Biden stressed that the country is at an “inflection point,” but set forth a positive vision for the future of the country as it grapples with cascading crises for which he placed the blame squarely on the shoulders of the man he is looking to unseat.

“Our current president’s failed in his most basic duty to the nation,” Biden said. “He’s failed to protect us. He’s failed to protect America. And, my fellow Americans, that is unforgivable.”

The former vice president laid out a series of contrasts with Trump, vowing that “while I’ll be a Democratic candidate, I will be an American president. I’ll work hard for those who didn’t support me, as hard for them as I did for those who did vote for me.”

He added: “That’s the job of a president, to represent all of us, not just our base or our party.”

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