US Democratic Party delegates Tuesday night formally nominated Joe Biden as their candidate to contest against President Donald Trump in the November presidential election.

This elevates a historic ticket that includes his vice-presidential running mate Kamala Harris, the first black woman to be nominated for national office by a major party.

From a school library near his home in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden savored the moment. Surrounded by his grandchildren, who wore shirts that said “No Malarky” one of Biden’s signature phrases – and his wife, Jill, they sprinkled confetti and party streamers as Kool & the Gang’s Celebration played – a radically scaled down version of the usual festivities for such a moment, due to the pandemic.

“It means the world to me and my family,” Biden said. “I’ll see you on Thursday.”

Biden will formally deliver an acceptance speech on Thursday, from a waterfront convention center in Delaware. Harris will speak from the same location on Wednesday.

Tracee Ellis Ross, an actor and convention moderator, opened the evening with a nod to the foundational role of Black women in the Democratic party and the historic nature of Harris’ place on the ticket.

“For far too long, Black female leadership has been utilized without being acknowledged or valued – but we are turning the tide,” she said. “Hello, Kamala.”


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