Democrats make it official, nominate Biden to take on Trump

NEW YORK — Democrats formally nominated Joe Biden as their 2020 presidential nominee Tuesday night, as party officials and activists from across the nation gave the former vice president their overwhelming support during his party’s all-virtual national convention.

The moment marked a political high point for Biden, who had sought the presidency twice before. At the convention, Biden is drawing on a collection of the Democratic Party’s most experienced leaders_ and fresher faces, too _ to show the party has the experience and energy to defeat Donald Trump this fall.

Speakers Tuesday night highlighted what they see as failures of the Trump presidency, particularly in regards to the coronavirus.

“At a time like this, the Oval Office should be a command center,” said former President Bill Clinton. “Instead, it’s a storm center. There’s only chaos. Just one thing never changes—his determination to deny responsibility and shift the blame.”

Also Tuesday night, Biden was introducing his wife, Jill Biden to the nation for the first time as the prospective first lady.

Here are three things to know about day two of the convention:

1.Focus centered around leadership, both what Democrats see in Biden and “failures” from Trump.

During his address, former Secretary of State John Kerry talked about Trump’s record on foreign policy, calling each trip abroad a “blooper reel.”

“Donald Trump pretends Russia didn’t attack our elections,” Kerry said. “And now he does nothing about Russia putting a bounty on our troops. So he won’t defend our country. He doesn’t know how to defend our troops. The only person he’s interested in defending is himself.”

2. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez carried the progressive arm of the party.

Ocasio-Cortez had 60 seconds for her speech, which she used to talk about a “people’s movement … that realizes the unsustainable brutality of an economy that rewards explosive inequalities of wealth for the few at the expense of long-term stability for the many.”

She also seconded the nomination of Sen. Bernie Sanders, which she said she was asked to do as a formality.

3. The nationwide roll call is deemed a success by Democrats online.

This was the first time we’ve been able to tour the country during this part of the convention, and notably Rhode Island’s representatives held a plate of calamari when they showed support for Biden.

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