Updates listed below in EST:10:55 p.m.When Joe Biden accepted the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday night, he said in Delaware that “united we can and will overcome this season of darkness in America.””The current president’s cloaked America in darkness for much too long,” Biden said in an opening that targeted President Donald Trump. “Too much anger, too much fear, too much division. 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’ll be an ally of the light, not the darkness. It’s time for us — for we the people — to come together,” Biden said.10:45 p.m.Former Vice President Joe Biden has accepted the nomination as the Democratic candidate for president of the United States of America.10:20 p.m.When Joe Biden, in a nationally televised interview, said he supported same-sex marriage, he put President Barack Obama, who had not publicly backed gay marriage, in a tough position and later had to privately apologize to him.For Pete Buttigieg, Biden’s statement was a sizable step in making his marriage possible, a fact he recalled in his speech to the Democratic National Convention on Thursday.“The very ring on my finger — a wedding we celebrated here where I’m standing — reflects how this country can change,” Buttigieg said, speaking from the event space where he held his wedding reception with his husband.”Love makes my marriage real, but political courage made it possible — including that of Joe Biden, who stepped out ahead of even this party when he said that marriage equality should be the law of the land,” he said.Buttigieg, the first out gay candidate in American history to win a major party’s presidential primary contest, said that the changes in LGBTQ acceptance and rights between 2010 and 2020 show the broader progress America can make together if Biden is elected in November.“It starts here — with the choices we are going to make in just a few weeks,” Buttigieg said. “Decisions not just about who will lead us, but about who we are.”10:15 p.m.Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth did not mince words when hitting President Donald Trump on Thursday: He is the “coward in chief,” she said.Duckworth, a finalist to be Biden’s running mate, used her speech to the Democratic convention to tout Biden’s understanding of the “sacrifices” made by military families.It was a personal message for Duckworth, a US Army veteran who lost both of her legs while serving in Iraq. Her speech opened with a shot on her two prosthetic legs.“Military service doesn’t just take courage and sacrifice from those in uniform — they’re required from their families, too,” Duckworth said Thursday. “Joe Biden understands these sacrifices, because he has made them himself. When his son Beau deployed to Iraq, his burden was shouldered by his family as well.”10:10 p.m.Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin made a progressive populist argument for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Thursday night, talking about the illness she suffered as a child and how it left her with the label, “child with a pre-existing condition.”That was before the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act, which required insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions. The law is being challenged now in court with the Trump administration’s backing.“We all have stories like this. Stories about a time when the system was rigged against us. When we were counted out, left out, pushed out,” Baldwin said.10:05 p.m.Dr. Vivek Murthy, the former U.S. surgeon general under President Barack Obama, said the nation is missing leadership in combating the coronavirus pandemic in a DNC speech Thursday night.Murthy has advised Biden’s campaign on policy proposals to respond to the pandemic, as well as how Biden and his staff can safely hold events and reach out to voters during the crisis.Featuring a doctor was unusual for a political convention, but it was part of Biden’s campaign’s effort to underscore that he if elected, he would be guided by experts on policy matters.He said he has seen “how he sits with people in their pain and holds them in his heart; how he pores over COVID briefings, asking smart questions, letting science guide his way, just as he did when managing the Ebola crisis.””We need a leader who works with states to ensure that everyone who needs a test gets one and gets results quickly; a leader who secures a safe, effective vaccine and distributes it quickly and fairly; a leader who inspires us to practice distancing and wear masks, not as a political statement but as a patriotic duty, a commitment we make to one another,” Murthy said.9:55 p.m.New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker assailed the economy under President Donald Trump, saying that “he has failed us.””Working people are under attack, the wealth gap grows, our middle class shrinks, and poverty persists,” the one-time 2020 Democratic presidential candidate said. Pointing to millions of Americans who have lost their health care and face economic hardship as a result of the pandemic, he said of Trump, “He has failed us.”Booker spoke of his grandfather, who he said left the South during the Jim Crow era and moved to Detroit, where he got a union job on an assembly line during World War II.”Together, with Joe and Kamala in the White House, we’ll raise the minimum wage so no one who works a full time job lives in poverty. Together, we’ll fight for those who keep us healthy; who keep us safe; who teach our kids,” Booker said. “We’ll stand for those who cook, and serve and clean; who plant and harvest; who pack and always deliver, whose hands are thick with callouses like my grandad’s, who held mine when I was a boy.”9:45 p.m.Rep. Deb Haaland, one of the first Native American women ever elected to Congress, urged Americans to vote this November because “our Constitution is under attack.””I know we can’t take our democracy for granted, especially now, as people are dying, as our land is abused, as our Constitution is under attack. We must work for it by getting involved, by registering voters, by voting. Voting is sacred; my people know that,” she said during tonight’s Democratic National Convention programming. 9:20 p.m.Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, a close Joe Biden ally, called the former vice president “a man of faith and conscience” who “knows the power of prayer” in a speech that focused on Biden’s Catholic faith.”I’ll never forget how Joe took the time to offer me words of comfort as my father lay in hospice,” Coons said. “Time and again, I’ve seen him stop everything and listen, really listen to someone who needs a shoulder to cry on or a partner in prayer. That compassion, that empathy is part of his character.”9:05 p.m.Former Democratic candidate Andrew Yang followed up endorsing Joe Biden, and encouraging voters skeptical of real change that Biden is the candidate for them. “I know many politicians promise and then fail to deliver,” Yang said. “I have gotten to know both Joe and Kamala on the trail over the past year — the way you really get to know a person when the cameras are off, the crowds are gone, and it’s just you and them. They’re real people. They understand the problems we face.”9:00 p.m.Tom Perez, Chair of the Democratic National Committee, opened the evening. He thanked the staff and production for putting the virtual convention together, and said he hoped the Republican National Convention kept public health in mind as much as the DNC had.He then advised Americans to consider their vote in November, and the consequences of whom they vote for, before turning it over to California Gov. Gavin Newsom.Newsom talked just 1 mile away from the wildfires raging in his state, and said that climate change has worsened the blaze. He criticized the administration of President Donald Trump for its relaxing of environmental regulations, and blaming previous forest fires in the state on not raking leaves, a claim he reiterated today.Original story:Democratic Party luminaries, rising stars, former presidents and presidential contenders have been making a pitch for Joe Biden over three days of an atypical convention. Now the presidential nominee will make his case himself.Biden will speak Thursday night from Wilmington, Delaware, as he closes out the fourth night of the virtual Democratic National Convention, starting at 9 p.m. ET.The novel coronavirus forced organizers to put on a remote event with delegates and politicians beaming in via video from around the country, zapping the energy from what’s usually a political jamboree. But the event has also given Biden a chance to present a curated vision of his party and principles, showcasing a diverse Democratic coalition and a still-open door to bipartisan governing that many see as a relic of a different Washington.The theme for Thursday night is “America’s Promise” and the programming includes musical performances by The Chicks, John Legend and Common.What to watch on the last night of the convention:BIDEN’S MOMENTWith no physical gathering place, Biden will deliver his speech as the Democratic presidential nominee without a cheering crowd, a standing ovation or waves of balloons and confetti breaking over his head. Biden’s been boxed into a more subdued position because of a virus that has shocked the U.S. economy and killed over 170,000 Americans. To persuade voters to put in him charge, expect him to use his speech to underline the gravity of the virus and the moment and draw on lessons of tenacity over tragedy that he’s experienced in his own life.TRUMPThroughout the week, President Donald Trump has worked to counter the Democratic program with trips and jabbing at Biden. On Thursday, he traveled to Pennsylvania, the state of Biden’s birth, ahead of the Democrat’s acceptance speech.Trump wasn’t laying low during the Democratic National Convention. He’s mocking Biden and blaming him for supporting trade policies that he says resulted in manufacturing job losses.Trump also attempted to frighten voters about the future of their retirement investments if Biden is elected.He’s also evoking images of violence in some of the nation’s biggest cities during his own presidency, saying it will only spread if Biden is elected. BLOOMBERGBillionaire and former Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg, who spent more than $500 million of his own fortune on a short-lived presidential run, is billed to speak shortly before Biden.The 78-year-old moderate and former Republican being given a spot to help to close out the Democratic convention is striking. The party has promoted its diverse coalition and embraced a national reckoning on systemic racism and sexual misconduct.One of the former New York mayor’s most notable appearances during the presidential campaign came as he was pilloried on the debate stage by Democrats over his past support for the controversial stop-and-frisk policing practice and its disproportionate effect on minorities and nondisclosure agreements his company struck with women alleging discrimination or harassment.The businessman has built up goodwill on the left for having poured hundreds of millions of dollars into fighting climate change and gun violence, two issues he will likely touch on.FORMER CANDIDATES AND CONTENDERSThree of the Democrats who also sought the White House this year will speak. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg will speak early, followed later in the evening by Andrew Yang, whose outsider presidential campaign was marked by a buzzy online following and a platform to give Americans a universal basic income. Several women who were considered potential running mates for Biden are also slated to appear: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth. Other speakers include California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Delaware Sen. Chris Coons and members of the Biden family.

Updates listed below in EST:

10:55 p.m.

When Joe Biden accepted the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday night, he said in Delaware that “united we can and will overcome this season of darkness in America.”

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“The current president’s cloaked America in darkness for much too long,” Biden said in an opening that targeted President Donald Trump.

“Too much anger, too much fear, too much division. 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’ll be an ally of the light, not the darkness. It’s time for us — for we the people — to come together,” Biden said.

10:45 p.m.

Former Vice President Joe Biden has accepted the nomination as the Democratic candidate for president of the United States of America.

10:20 p.m.

When Joe Biden, in a nationally televised interview, said he supported same-sex marriage, he put President Barack Obama, who had not publicly backed gay marriage, in a tough position and later had to privately apologize to him.

For Pete Buttigieg, Biden’s statement was a sizable step in making his marriage possible, a fact he recalled in his speech to the Democratic National Convention on Thursday.

“The very ring on my finger — a wedding we celebrated here where I’m standing — reflects how this country can change,” Buttigieg said, speaking from the event space where he held his wedding reception with his husband.

“Love makes my marriage real, but political courage made it possible — including that of Joe Biden, who stepped out ahead of even this party when he said that marriage equality should be the law of the land,” he said.

Buttigieg, the first out gay candidate in American history to win a major party’s presidential primary contest, said that the changes in LGBTQ acceptance and rights between 2010 and 2020 show the broader progress America can make together if Biden is elected in November.

“It starts here — with the choices we are going to make in just a few weeks,” Buttigieg said. “Decisions not just about who will lead us, but about who we are.”

10:15 p.m.

Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth did not mince words when hitting President Donald Trump on Thursday: He is the “coward in chief,” she said.

Duckworth, a finalist to be Biden’s running mate, used her speech to the Democratic convention to tout Biden’s understanding of the “sacrifices” made by military families.

It was a personal message for Duckworth, a US Army veteran who lost both of her legs while serving in Iraq. Her speech opened with a shot on her two prosthetic legs.

“Military service doesn’t just take courage and sacrifice from those in uniform — they’re required from their families, too,” Duckworth said Thursday. “Joe Biden understands these sacrifices, because he has made them himself. When his son Beau deployed to Iraq, his burden was shouldered by his family as well.”

10:10 p.m.

Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin made a progressive populist argument for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Thursday night, talking about the illness she suffered as a child and how it left her with the label, “child with a pre-existing condition.”

That was before the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act, which required insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions. The law is being challenged now in court with the Trump administration’s backing.

“We all have stories like this. Stories about a time when the system was rigged against us. When we were counted out, left out, pushed out,” Baldwin said.


10:05 p.m.

Dr. Vivek Murthy, the former U.S. surgeon general under President Barack Obama, said the nation is missing leadership in combating the coronavirus pandemic in a DNC speech Thursday night.

Murthy has advised Biden’s campaign on policy proposals to respond to the pandemic, as well as how Biden and his staff can safely hold events and reach out to voters during the crisis.

Featuring a doctor was unusual for a political convention, but it was part of Biden’s campaign’s effort to underscore that he if elected, he would be guided by experts on policy matters.

He said he has seen “how he sits with people in their pain and holds them in his heart; how he pores over COVID briefings, asking smart questions, letting science guide his way, just as he did when managing the Ebola crisis.”

“We need a leader who works with states to ensure that everyone who needs a test gets one and gets results quickly; a leader who secures a safe, effective vaccine and distributes it quickly and fairly; a leader who inspires us to practice distancing and wear masks, not as a political statement but as a patriotic duty, a commitment we make to one another,” Murthy said.

9:55 p.m.

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker assailed the economy under President Donald Trump, saying that “he has failed us.”

“Working people are under attack, the wealth gap grows, our middle class shrinks, and poverty persists,” the one-time 2020 Democratic presidential candidate said. Pointing to millions of Americans who have lost their health care and face economic hardship as a result of the pandemic, he said of Trump, “He has failed us.”

Booker spoke of his grandfather, who he said left the South during the Jim Crow era and moved to Detroit, where he got a union job on an assembly line during World War II.

“Together, with Joe and Kamala in the White House, we’ll raise the minimum wage so no one who works a full time job lives in poverty. Together, we’ll fight for those who keep us healthy; who keep us safe; who teach our kids,” Booker said. “We’ll stand for those who cook, and serve and clean; who plant and harvest; who pack and always deliver, whose hands are thick with callouses like my grandad’s, who held mine when I was a boy.”

9:45 p.m.

Rep. Deb Haaland, one of the first Native American women ever elected to Congress, urged Americans to vote this November because “our Constitution is under attack.”

“I know we can’t take our democracy for granted, especially now, as people are dying, as our land is abused, as our Constitution is under attack. We must work for it by getting involved, by registering voters, by voting. Voting is sacred; my people know that,” she said during tonight’s Democratic National Convention programming.

9:20 p.m.

Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, a close Joe Biden ally, called the former vice president “a man of faith and conscience” who “knows the power of prayer” in a speech that focused on Biden’s Catholic faith.

“I’ll never forget how Joe took the time to offer me words of comfort as my father lay in hospice,” Coons said. “Time and again, I’ve seen him stop everything and listen, really listen to someone who needs a shoulder to cry on or a partner in prayer. That compassion, that empathy is part of his character.”

9:05 p.m.

Former Democratic candidate Andrew Yang followed up endorsing Joe Biden, and encouraging voters skeptical of real change that Biden is the candidate for them.

“I know many politicians promise and then fail to deliver,” Yang said. “I have gotten to know both Joe and Kamala on the trail over the past year — the way you really get to know a person when the cameras are off, the crowds are gone, and it’s just you and them. They’re real people. They understand the problems we face.”

9:00 p.m.

Tom Perez, Chair of the Democratic National Committee, opened the evening. He thanked the staff and production for putting the virtual convention together, and said he hoped the Republican National Convention kept public health in mind as much as the DNC had.

He then advised Americans to consider their vote in November, and the consequences of whom they vote for, before turning it over to California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Newsom talked just 1 mile away from the wildfires raging in his state, and said that climate change has worsened the blaze. He criticized the administration of President Donald Trump for its relaxing of environmental regulations, and blaming previous forest fires in the state on not raking leaves, a claim he reiterated today.

Original story:

Democratic Party luminaries, rising stars, former presidents and presidential contenders have been making a pitch for Joe Biden over three days of an atypical convention. Now the presidential nominee will make his case himself.

Biden will speak Thursday night from Wilmington, Delaware, as he closes out the fourth night of the virtual Democratic National Convention, starting at 9 p.m. ET.

The novel coronavirus forced organizers to put on a remote event with delegates and politicians beaming in via video from around the country, zapping the energy from what’s usually a political jamboree. But the event has also given Biden a chance to present a curated vision of his party and principles, showcasing a diverse Democratic coalition and a still-open door to bipartisan governing that many see as a relic of a different Washington.

The theme for Thursday night is “America’s Promise” and the programming includes musical performances by The Chicks, John Legend and Common.

What to watch on the last night of the convention:

BIDEN’S MOMENT

With no physical gathering place, Biden will deliver his speech as the Democratic presidential nominee without a cheering crowd, a standing ovation or waves of balloons and confetti breaking over his head. Biden’s been boxed into a more subdued position because of a virus that has shocked the U.S. economy and killed over 170,000 Americans. To persuade voters to put in him charge, expect him to use his speech to underline the gravity of the virus and the moment and draw on lessons of tenacity over tragedy that he’s experienced in his own life.

TRUMP

Throughout the week, President Donald Trump has worked to counter the Democratic program with trips and jabbing at Biden. On Thursday, he traveled to Pennsylvania, the state of Biden’s birth, ahead of the Democrat’s acceptance speech.

Trump wasn’t laying low during the Democratic National Convention. He’s mocking Biden and blaming him for supporting trade policies that he says resulted in manufacturing job losses.

Trump also attempted to frighten voters about the future of their retirement investments if Biden is elected.

He’s also evoking images of violence in some of the nation’s biggest cities during his own presidency, saying it will only spread if Biden is elected.

BLOOMBERG

Billionaire and former Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg, who spent more than $500 million of his own fortune on a short-lived presidential run, is billed to speak shortly before Biden.

The 78-year-old moderate and former Republican being given a spot to help to close out the Democratic convention is striking. The party has promoted its diverse coalition and embraced a national reckoning on systemic racism and sexual misconduct.

One of the former New York mayor’s most notable appearances during the presidential campaign came as he was pilloried on the debate stage by Democrats over his past support for the controversial stop-and-frisk policing practice and its disproportionate effect on minorities and nondisclosure agreements his company struck with women alleging discrimination or harassment.

The businessman has built up goodwill on the left for having poured hundreds of millions of dollars into fighting climate change and gun violence, two issues he will likely touch on.

FORMER CANDIDATES AND CONTENDERS

Three of the Democrats who also sought the White House this year will speak. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg will speak early, followed later in the evening by Andrew Yang, whose outsider presidential campaign was marked by a buzzy online following and a platform to give Americans a universal basic income. Several women who were considered potential running mates for Biden are also slated to appear: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth. Other speakers include California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Delaware Sen. Chris Coons and members of the Biden family.

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