The United States presidential aspirant, Joe Biden, yesterday, officially emerged as the Democratic Party’s candidate at its convention. His appointment was sealed amid glowing testimonials from elder statesmen.
Two former Democrats’ Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter as well ex-Secretary of State, Colin Powell, a Republican, endorsed the hopeful.
President Donald Trump trails Biden in opinion polls ahead of this November’s election.The one-time Vice President to erstwhile President Barack Obama became his party’s nominee in a pre-recorded roll call vote from delegates in all 50 states.
This is Biden’s third White House bid, having formerly run in 1988 and 2008. The 77-year-old’s campaign appeared to be in danger of collapse back in February this year.
On the second night of the convention on Tuesday, with the theme “leadership matters”, Clinton delivered the keynote address.He said President Trump had brought “chaos” to the Oval Office.
“Donald Trump says we are leading the world. Well, we are the only major industrial economy to have its unemployment rate tripled.
“At a time like this, the Oval Office should be a command centre. Instead, it’s a storm centre. There’s only chaos,” the ex-leader said in his five-minute message pre-recorded from his home in Chappaqua, New York.
Following addresses from immediate past First Lady Michelle Obama and Senator Bernie Sanders on Monday, Tuesday’s speeches were to persuade voters that the Democratic Party remained the most suited to fix the problems at home and abroad.
Powell said Biden shared “the values I learned growing up in the south Bronx and serving in uniform.”The decorated four-star general said he supported him for president because, “we need to restore those values to the White House.”
In June, Powell, who served under President George W. Bush and has appeared at multiple Republican conventions in previous years, called President Trump a liar and endorsed Mr. Biden.
He joins several Republicans, who have endorsed Biden, including former Ohio Governor John Kasich, during the first night of the convention.
Cindy McCain, the widow of Republican Senator John McCain, also spoke about the friendship between her late husband and Biden, though she stopped short of a formal endorsement.Erstwhile Secretary of State, John Kerry, addressed the convention virtually to assail Trump’s leadership.
“When this president goes overseas, it isn’t a goodwill mission, it’s a blooper reel. He breaks up with our allies and writes love letters to dictators. America deserves a president who is looked up to, not laughed at,” he said.