Joe Biden made his first speech to the nation on Saturday night after slated to be elected President of the United States.
Biden attempted to unite the nation with his speech, calling for healing and collaboration between political opponents as President Donald Trump continued to refuse to admit.
He also set his first priorities and announced that he would assemble a group of scientists to work out a plan to tackle the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and be ready to deploy on the day of his inauguration.
He also thanked the African American community for their continued support, even at "those moments when this campaign was at its lowest".
Here is the full text of the Wilmington, Delaware speech prepared for delivery:
My fellow Americans, the people of this nation have spoken.
You gave us a clear victory. A convincing victory.
A win for "We the People".
We won by the most votes ever cast for a presidential ticket in the history of this nation – 74 million.
I am humble at the trust you have placed in me.
I promise to be a president who does not want to divide, but to unite.
Who does not see red and blue states, but the United States.
And who will work wholeheartedly to win the trust of all the people.
Because that's what America is all about: the people.
And that's what our administration is all about.
I was looking for this office to restore the soul of America.
To rebuild the backbone of the nation – the middle class.
To respect America around the world again and to unite here at home.
It is the honor of my life that so many millions of Americans have voted for this vision.
And now it is the task of our time to make this vision a reality.
As I've said many times, I'm Jill's husband.
I would not be here without the love and tireless support from Jill, Hunter, Ashley, all of our grandchildren and their spouses and all of our family.
You are my heart.
Jill is a mom – a military mom – and an educator.
She has dedicated her life to education, but teaching is not just what she does – it is who she is. This is a great day for America's educators: you will have your own in the White House, and Jill will make a great first lady.
And I am honored to work with an amazing Vice President – Kamala Harris – who will make history as the first woman, first black woman, first woman of South Asian descent, and first immigrant daughter to ever be elected to national office in this country .
It is long overdue and we are reminded tonight of those who fought so hard for so many years. But again, America has bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice.
Kamala, Doug – like it or not – you are a family. You have become an honorary bidder and there is no way out.
To everyone who volunteered and voted in the middle of this pandemic, you deserve a special thank you from this nation.
To my campaign team and to all of the volunteers, to all of those who gave so much of themselves to make this moment possible, I owe everything to you.
And everyone who supported us: I'm proud of the campaign that we built and carried out. I am proud of the coalition we have put together, the broadest and most diverse in history.
Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.
Progressives, moderates and conservatives.
Young and old.
City, suburb and country.
Gay, straight, transgender.
White. Latino. Asian. Native American.
And especially for those moments when this campaign was at its lowest – the African American community stood up for me again. They always have my back and I'll have yours.
I said from the start I wanted a campaign that represented America and I think we did. This is how the administration should look like.
And for those who voted for President Trump, I understand your disappointment tonight.
I lost a couple of elections myself.
But now we're giving each other a chance.
It's time to put the harsh rhetoric aside.
To lower the temperature.
To see each other again.
To listen to each other again.
In order to make progress we must stop treating our adversaries as our enemy.
We are not enemies. We are americans.
The Bible tells us that there is a season for everything – a time to build, a time to harvest, a time to sow. And a time to heal.
This is the time for America to heal.
Now that the campaign is over – what is the will of the people? What is our mandate?
I think it is: the Americans have asked us to join forces of decency and forces of fairness. To gather the forces of science and the forces of hope in the great battles of our time.
The struggle for control of the virus.
The struggle for wealth.
The struggle for your family's health care.
The struggle for racial justice and the elimination of systemic racism in this country.
The fight to save the climate.
The struggle to restore decency, defend democracy and give everyone a fair chance in this country.
Our work starts with bringing COVID under control.
We cannot fix the economy, restore our vitality, or enjoy the most precious moments in life – hugging a grandchild, birthdays, weddings, graduations, all the moments that matter most to us – until we have this virus under control.
On Monday, I will be appointing a group of senior scientists and experts as transition advisors to translate Biden-Harris' COVID plan into a plan of action starting January 20, 2021.
This plan is built on a foundation of science. It is constructed out of compassion, empathy, and concern.
I will spare no effort – or commitment – to reverse this pandemic.
I ran as a proud democrat. I will be an American President now. I'll work just as hard for those who didn't vote for me – as for those who did.
Let this dark era of demonization in America come to an end – here and now.
The refusal of Democrats and Republicans to cooperate with each other is not due to some mysterious force beyond our control.
It's a choice. It's a choice we make.
And if we can choose not to work together, we can choose to work together. And I believe that this is part of the American people's mandate. They want us to work together.
That is the choice I will make. And I urge Congress – Democrats and Republicans alike – to make that decision with me.
American history is about the slow but steady expansion of possibilities.
Make no mistake: too many dreams have been put on hold for too long.
We need to make the country's promise a reality for everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, belief, identity or disability.
America has always been marked by turning points – moments when we made difficult decisions about who we are and what we want to be.
Lincoln in 1860 – comes to save the Union.
FDR in 1932 – promises a new deal to a distressed country.
JFK 1960 – Pledging a new border.
And twelve years ago – when Barack Obama made history – and said to us, "Yes, we can."
We are at a turning point again.
We have the opportunity to defeat despair and build a nation of prosperity and purpose.
We can do it. I know we can.
I've talked a long time about the struggle for the soul of America.
We need to restore the soul of America.
Our nation is shaped by the constant struggle between our better angels and our darkest impulses.
It is time for our better angels to prevail.
Tonight the whole world is watching America. At best, I believe America is a beacon for the globe.
And we do not lead by the example of our strength, but by the strength of our example.
I've always believed we could define America in one word: possibilities.
That in America everyone should be given the opportunity to go as far as their dreams and God-given abilities require.
You see, I believe in the possibility of this country.
We always look ahead.
On the way to an America that is freer and more just.
Towards an America that creates jobs with dignity and respect.
Towards an America that heals diseases – like cancer and Alzheimer's.
Before an America that leaves no one behind.
To an America that never gives up, never gives in.
This is a great nation.
And we are a good people.
This is the United States of America.
And there's never been anything we couldn't do when we did it together.
In the last few days of the campaign, I have been pondering an anthem that means a lot to me and my family, especially my late son Beau. It captures the belief that supports me and that I believe supports America.
And I hope it can offer comfort and comfort to the 230,000+ families who lost a loved one to this terrible virus this year. My heart goes out to each of you. Hopefully this hymn will give you consolation too.
"And he will lift you up on eagle wings,
Carry you at dawn
Let yourself shine like the sun
And hold you in the palm of his hand. "
And now we begin together – on eagle wings – with the work that God and history have asked us to do.
With a full heart and firm hands, with faith in America and one another, with love for the country – and a thirst for justice – let us be the nation we know we can be.
One nation united.
A nation strengthened.
One nation healed.
The United States of America.
God bless you.
And may God protect our troops.
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