Biden accepts Democratic presidential nomination

The Democratic Party officially has its presidential nominee.

Joe Biden formally accepted the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday, a position he has sought for more than 30 years and through three White House bids. His running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, accepted the vice presidential nomination on Wednesday.

“Make no mistake, united we can and will overcome this season of darkness in America,” Biden said in his speech. “We’ll choose hope over fear, facts over fiction, fairness over privilege.”

Biden served three decades as a senator from Delaware before being tapped as President Barack Obama’s vice president. He first ran for president in 1988 and tried again in 2008 before launching his 2020 campaign last year.

“I’m a proud Democrat, and I’ll be proud to carry the banner of our party into the general election,” Biden said.

President Donald Trump will formally be renominated as his party’s candidate during the virtual Republican National Convention next week.

The general election is 75 days away. Trump has been struggling in the polls amid a confluence of health, economic and racial crises.

Here are three things to know about the final night of the convention:

1.”Soul of the nation.”

This is the phrase Democrats kept returning to throughout the convention. The party is teeing up this election to be about the future morality of the country, calling it a battle for its soul.

2. Country over party.

Democrats brought in Republicans throughout the week to talk about the bipartisan support behind getting President Donald Trump out of office, and Thursday night the Democratic Party brought in a former surgeon general and a presidential historian to weigh in, throwing their support behind Biden.

3. A night of memorials.

Thursday night, the party remembered someone close to Biden: his son Beau, who died in 2015. Beau Biden served in the military and was the Attorney General in Delaware.

The party also put together a tribute to John Lewis, a civil rights icon and 33-year congressman who died last month.