In his first televised remarks as President-elect, Biden pledged to help unify and heal the country.
President-elect Joe Biden made his first televised remarks on Saturday since being declared the winner in his race against President Donald Trump. Addressing issues such as unity, hope and healing, Biden said he had a mandate to reach down the aisle and "join" the forces of decency and science to address some of the country's biggest problems, including systemic racism, Pandemic and Climate Change.
“People, the people of this nation have spoken. You gave us a clear victory. A convincing victory. A victory for us humans. We won it with the most votes ever cast on a presidential ticket in the nation's history: 74 million, ”Biden began. "I am humbled by 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 or blue states, but only the United States?"
The speech prevented football matches and other programs on radio networks. ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS all aired it during the primetime specials. CBS positioned it as the finale of a long election season, with the title of the special "America Has Decided" playing a prominent role in the bottom third.
In the meantime, CNN spent hours on Saturday living up to expectations of the must-see TV event, including live footage of celebrations across the country and the drive-in rally that was being held in Wilmington, Delaware for Biden's speech was organized.
In his speech, the former Vice President returned to the idea that had persisted throughout his campaign: the restoration of the "soul of the nation" after four years of Trump administration.
"Let this dark era of demonization come to an end here and now," said Biden. "The refusal of Democrats and Republicans to cooperate is not a mysterious force beyond our control. It is a choice, a choice we've made. And if we can choose not to work together, we can choose to work together. "
He also selected his African American followers, whom he said always have my back. Political observers said Stacey Abrams and other black organizers were instrumental in Biden's current leadership in Georgia.
Harris introduced Biden and gave a speech.
“Joe is a healer. A uniter. A tested and steady hand. A person whose own experience of loss gives them meaning that helps us as a nation regain our own meaning, ”Harris said.
Harris' election marks the first time a woman has served as vice president. She will also be the first black person and first person of South Asian descent to serve in this role. The elected vice president discussed her late mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris.
“When she came here from India at the age of 19, she may not have fully imagined this moment. But she believed so deeply in an America where such a moment is possible. So I think of her and the generations of women , black women, Latina and Native American women who paved the way for this moment tonight throughout our nation's history. "
After CNN, NBC News, Fox and other networks called the race for Biden on Saturday morning, people celebrated in cities across the country. Spike Lee was spotted partying over champagne on the street near his office in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, while Lee and others shared their cheers on social media.
Despite Biden's status as president-elect, Trump has signaled that he has no plans to admit. In his campaign, a statement was released on Saturday in which he argued "this election is far from over" and only when Biden is confirmed as the winner. The campaign has promised to combat Biden's victory with recounts and legal challenges.
The Trump campaign also held a press conference in Philadelphia where Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani made allegations about Republican election observers who were allegedly not allowed to inspect any portion of the Pennsylvania ballot count.