Biden and Harris Address the Nation

'It's time to put away the harsh rhetoric,' says president-elect
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2020 8:53 PM CST
Biden and Harris Address the Nation
President-elect Joe Biden gestures to the crowd after he spoke Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President-elect Biden and Kamala Harris addressed the nation Saturday night from Wilmington, Delaware, and stressed a theme of unity. Biden's full remarks are here, and Harris' are here, both via CNN. Some highlights, from Politico and the Washington Post:

  • Biden: “All those of you who voted for President Trump, I understand the disappointment tonight. I’ve lost a couple of times myself,” he said. “But now let’s give each other a chance."
  • Biden: “It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again, and to make progress.”
  • Harris: She called Biden “a healer, a uniter, a tested and steady hand."
  • Harris: She also praised Biden for having “the audacity to break one of the most substantial barriers that exists in our country and select a woman as his vice president. But while I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last, because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.” (Read more about Harris' milestone.)
(President Trump insists the election isn't over and will escalate his court challenges.)

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