Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden criticizing his opponent and the incumbent Republican President Trump said he has “cloaked America in darkness for much too long”. The former US VP and Delaware senator said his rival has inculcated “too much anger, too much fear, too much division” in the country. His fervent address was the capstone of his political struggle that spanned nearly five decades. The leading democrat, a Septuagenarian now heads to the general election with a clear lead over Trump in opinion polls. Biden, 77 and Trump, 74 are now left with 75 days and the latter will fight to narrow the gap created by former vice-president.
In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, Biden carried his work in a mostly empty arena in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, saying: “Here and now, I give you my word, if your entrust me with the presidency, I will draw on the best of us, not the worst. I’ll ben an ally of the light, not the darkness.”
“It’s time for us, for we the people, to come together. And make no mistake, united we can and will overcome this season of darkness in America. We’ll chose hope over fear, facts over fiction, fairness over privilege,” he continued his impassioned speech.
He then said “character is on the ballot” this November.
“We can choose a path of becoming angrier, less hopeful, more divided, a path of shadow and suspicion,” he said.
“Or, or, we can choose a different path and together take this chance to heal, to reform, to unite. A path of hope and light. This is a life-changing election. This will determine what American is going to look like for a long, long time.”
The Democratic presidential nominee looked poised to take reins of a country crippled by deadly pandemic and its economic fallout and hurt by racial injustices.
He continued his address: “What we know about this president is that if he is given four more years, he will ben what he has been for the last four years. A president who takes no responsibility, refuses to lead, blames others, cozies up to dictators and fan the flames of hate and division. He’ll wake up every day believing the job is all about him, never about you. Is that American you want for you, your family and your children?”
Paraphrasing the Irish poet Seamus Heaney, Mr. Biden concluded is speech: “This is our moment to make hope and history rhyme.”
Earlier on Thursday, Mr. Trump who nicknamed his challenger “slow Joe” and “sleepy Joe” visited Mr. Biden’s birthplace of Scranton in the presidential swing-voting state of Pennsylvania.
“Biden is no friend of Pennsylvania,” Trump alleged, accusing his opponent of destroying American jobs through global trade deals, the Paris climate accord and green energy ideas.
The President said: “If you want a vision of your life under a Biden presidency, think of the smoldering ruins in Minneapolis, the violent anarchy of Portland, the blood-stained sidewalks of Chicago and imagine the mayhem coming to our town and every single town in America.”