August 20, 2020 - Biden Makes Equity Promises in DNC Speech

In his speech accepting the presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention, Biden reiterates his commitment to gender and racial equality, includes promises to address the gender wage gap and provide quality and affordable child care, and returns to the event that he argues spurred his candidacy — the lack of leadership in response to the white supremacist rally and murder in Charlottesville, VA. He notes, “History has thrust one more urgent task on us. Will we be the generation that finally wipes the stain of racism from our national character?” Biden praises his own family as well as his running mate Kamala Harris. Of Harris, he says: “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.”