Biden talks of hope, calls Kamala Harris ‘powerful voice for this nation’

RITU JHA

Joe Biden, who Thursday officially became the Democratic Party candidate for President of the United States, did not mention about his trade or geo-political agenda in his acceptance speech.

However, in his speech August 15, he had said the US-India strategic partnership was a “high priority”.

Many Indian Americans believe Biden will be better than Trump — mainly when it comes to high skilled immigrants, with H-1B visas, facing huge hardships under the Trump administration.

And, of course, by choosing Kamala Harris as his running mate he has won over much of the Indian-American community.

He doffed his hat to Harris at the final night of the Democratic National Convention.

Outlining the difficult way ahead, Biden said: “I won’t have to do it alone. Because I will have a great Vice President at my side. Senator Kamala Harris. She is a powerful voice for this nation.

“Her story is the American story. She knows about all the obstacles thrown in the way of so many in our country. Women, Black women, Black Americans, South Asian Americans, immigrants, the left-out and left-behind.

“But she’s overcome every obstacle she’s ever faced. No one’s been tougher on the big banks or the gun lobby. No one’s been tougher in calling out this current administration for its extremism, its failure to follow the law, and its failure to simply tell the truth.”

Biden, 78, sounded confident and stern.

“It is 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 will choose hope over fear, facts over fiction, fairness over privilege. 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. I will be an ally of the light not of the darkness,” he said.

America isn’t just a collection of clashing interests of red states or blue states. We’re so much bigger than that. We’re so much better than that.”

Scranton, Pennsylvania-born Biden’s family moved to Claymont, Delaware, when he was 10. He studied history and political science at the University of Delaware and earned his law degree from Syracuse University.

At age 29, Biden became one of the youngest people ever elected to the US Senate. He was re-elected six times and was the fourth-most senior US Senator when he resigned to assume the vice presidency in 2009.

As Barack Obama’s Vice President, he was responsible for infrastructure spending to counteract the Great Recession. During the Obama administration passed critical legislation such as the Tax Relief, the Job Creation Act of 2010, and the Taxpayer Relief Act, which addressed the fiscal cliff.

President Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction, the country’s highest civilian honor.

Tragedy has stuck him several times, first when he lost his first wife Neilia Hunter Biden and a year-old daughter, and not so long ago when his eldest son, Beau, died of cancer.

Biden said would be supporting the middle class, though he did not mention about Bernie Sanders’s vision about student loan debt elimination or proposal to eliminate tuition fees at public four-year colleges, universities, and community colleges.

Biden did not say how he would be creating jobs, but said has a plan.

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

He keeps waiting for a miracle. Well I have news for him. No miracle is coming,” Biden said. “After all this time, the President still does not have a plan. Well, I do.”

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