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Under a sky lit by blue Jumbotrons outside the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del., Vice President-elect Kamala Harris thanked the Democratic supporters who held up to deliver the victory and said of the historical nature of her triumph.
“Defending our democracy requires fighting, it takes sacrifices,” she said, “but there’s fun in it. There is progress because we, the people, have the power to build a future. Better hybrid. “
Harris spoke on Saturday night before President-elect Joe Biden in front of an energetic crowd as people sat on top of cars and trucks waving American flags. The AP news agency called the presidential race for Biden and Harris on Saturday.
“You have opened a new day for America,” she said. “Thank you for coming up with these record numbers to get your voice heard,” she said. In addition to the supporters, she thanks the campaign staff and the pollster.
Read Harris’s comment log below.
Speaking of her historic triumph, Harris says thinking about her immigrant mother and generations of Black women and other women of color paved the way for her. Harris was the first woman, the first black and the first Asian American to be elected vice president.
Biden, she said, “had the daring to break one of the most important hurdles … and choose a woman as his vice president,” she said, cheering. “But while I will be the first woman in this office, I won’t be the last.”
She was dressed in a white suit, a nod to the suffering people who fought for women’s suffrage a century ago.
And while she doesn’t mention coronavirus by name, she says, “I know times have been challenged, especially the past few months … but we’ve seen your courage as well. , “refers to the pandemic that has killed nearly a quarter of a million Americans.
Even so, she said, “you voted, and you delivered a clear message: You chose hope.”
Introducing Biden at the event, Harris hailed him as a man of purpose, a big heart – “a healer, a unity, a tried and steady hand.”
Read Harris’s prepared reviews below.
Rep. John Lewis before his death wrote: “Democracy is not a state. It is an action.”
And you mean American democracy is not guaranteed.
It is only strong when we are willing to fight for it, protect it and never take it for granted.
And defending our democracy needs to fight.
There is a need for sacrifice. Have fun in it and make progress.
Because We People have the power to build a better future.
And when our democracy is on the ballot in this election, with the soul of America at stake and the world watching, you open a new day for America.
To our campaign staff and volunteers, this extraordinary team – thank you for bringing more people than ever into the democratic process and for making this victory possible. .
To poll workers and election officials across our country who have worked tirelessly to make sure every vote counts – our nation owes you a grateful debt for you have defended the integrity of our democracy.
And to the people of America who make up our beautiful country – thank you for appearing with the record numbers to make your voices heard.
I know there have been many challenges over the time, especially the past few months.
Grief, sorrow and pain. Worries and struggles.
But we’ve also seen your courage, your resilience, and your spiritual generosity.
For four years, you have marched and organized for equality and justice, for our lives and for our planet.
And then, you voted. You have sent a clear message.
You have chosen hope, unity, rightness, science and, yes, truth.
You have chosen Joe Biden as the next President of the United States of America.
Joe is a healer. One consolidation. One hand has been tested and stabilized.
A person whose personal loss experience gives him a sense of purpose helps us, as a nation, regain a sense of our purpose.
And a man with a big heart who loves by abandonment.
It was his love for Jill, who would be an incredible First Lady.
It was his love for Hunter, Ashley, his grandchildren and the entire Biden family.
And while I first knew Joe as the Vice President, I truly knew him as the loving father Beau, my dear friend, whom we remember here today. now on.
To my husband Doug, my children Cole and Ella, my sister Maya, and our whole family – I love you more than I can say.
We are grateful to Joe and Jill for welcoming our families into theirs on this incredible journey.
And to the woman who is most responsible for my presence here today – my mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who is always in our hearts.
When she came here from India at the age of 19, she probably did not fully envision this moment.
But she believes deeply in an America where it is possible to have moments like this.
So I’m thinking about her and about the generation of women – Black women.
Asian, Caucasian, Latina and Native American women throughout our nation’s history who paved the way for this moment tonight.
The women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality, freedom and justice for all, including Black women, who were often looked down upon, but they often proved that they is the backbone of our democracy.
All the women have worked to secure and protect the right to vote for over a century: 100 years ago with the 19th Amendment, 55 years ago with the Voting Rights Act and now, on 2020, with a new generation of women in our country, to cast their vote and continue to fight for their fundamental right to vote and be heard.
Tonight, I reflect on their struggles, their determination and the power of their vision – to see what might not be burdened by what has passed – I stand on their shoulders.
And a testament to Joe’s character is that he had the daring to break one of the most important hurdles that exist in our country and choose a woman as his Vice President.
But while I may be the first woman in this office, I won’t be the last.
Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a land of possibilities.
And for the children of our country, regardless of your gender, our country has sent you a clear message:
Dream with ambition, lead with belief, and see yourself in ways that others may not see you simply because they have never seen it before.
And we will welcome you every step of the way.
Regardless of who you vote for, I will strive to be the Vice President Joe used to be President Obama – loyal, honest and prepared, thinking about you and your family every day. Because now is the time for real work to begin.
Hard work. Necessary work. Good job.
Work is needed to save lives and defeat this pandemic.
To rebuild our economy so it works for our workers.
To root out systematic racism in our judicial and social systems.
To combat the climate crisis.
To unite our country and heal the souls of our people.
The road ahead will not be easy.
But America is ready. And so are me and Joe.
We have elected a president that represents the best of us.
A leader that the world will respect and our children can admire.
A Commander in Chief will respect our army and keep our country safe.
And a President for all Americans.
It is a great honor to introduce the President-elect of the United States of America, Joe Biden.