Joe Biden was formally nominated as the Democratic Party presidential nominee Tuesday night, as the traditional roll call vote was done by video messages filmed all around the United States and territories.
Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania cast the Keystone State’s votes in front of Biden’s Scranton childhood home.
While Sen. Bernie Sanders, who retained his delegates until tonight, stood with wife Jane Biden, in a field in Vermont as Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman announced that state’s totals.
Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father who became a national figure when he condemned Donald Trump’s Muslim ban at the 2016 Democratic National Convention spoke on behalf of Virginia.
‘He’s a decent compassionate man,’ Khan said of Biden.
There were cameos from former Biden rivals: former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaking from Indiana and Sen. Amy Klobuchar speaking from Minnesota and Rep. Tim Ryan speaking from Ohio.
Tom Vilsack and his wife Christie cast their votes from an Iowa field, and asked for the country’s help after the recent series of storms to damage the state.
Rep. John Lewis was kept alive starting with the first votes, Alabama’s, which Rep. Terri Sewell announced in front of the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
Washington, D.C.’s Mayor Muriel Bowser stood on a building overlooking Black Lives Matter Plaza, the last public place Lewis was photographed.
While State Sen. Nikema Williams, running for Lewis’ Congressional district, spoke in front of a mural of the late congressman to cast Georgia’s votes for the nomination.
Some delegates cast their votes in front of famous landmarks, like Rep. Dina Titus did at the Las Vegas sign to represent Nevada.
While North Dakota’s delegate, Geraldine Waller, a meatpacking plant employee, was seemingly positioned in front of her house.
‘They call us essential workers, but they treat us like expendable,’ she said, arguing Biden would treat workers better.
Another essential worker, Scheena Iyane Tannis, represented New York, shouting ‘It’s Joe Time!’
In Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Trump held his disastrous June 20 rally, party leader Alicia Andrews brought up the Tulsa race riots as she cast her state’s vote.
College student Keely Sage cast Tennessee’s votes from the historic Hermitage Hotel, where suffragettes cheered 100 years ago Tuesday when the state got the 19th Amendment, allowing some American women the right to vote, over the line.
The tour of the U.S. ended back in Delaware as Gov. John Carney and Sen. Tom Carper stood at Biden’s favorite Wilmington Amtrak station to make the former vice president’s nomination official.
In the Wilmington school where Jill Biden would later speak, Joe Biden and Jill were feted with confetti from daughter Ashley and their grandchildren Finnegan Biden, Hunter Biden, Natalie Biden, Naomi Biden and Maisy Biden.
‘Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. Thank you all. Means the world to me and my family. And I’ll see you on Thursday. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you,’ Joe Biden said.
Earlier, former President Bill Clinton backed Biden by taking on President Donald Trump, accusing him of spending ‘hours a day watching TV.’
Clinton called Trump’s Oval Office ‘chaos.’
Also, progressive firebrand AOC had helped nominate Sanders, who came up short in delegates and endorsed Biden in April.
‘In a time when millions of people in the United States are looking for deep, systemic solutions to our crises of mass evictions, unemployment and lack of healthcare… out of a love of all people, I hereby second the nomination of Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont for President of the United States of America,’ Ocasio-Cortez said.
Two prominent members of the Kennedy clan, President John F. Kennedy’s namesake grandson Jack Schlossberg and daughter Caroline Kennedy, also endorsed Biden.
Despite the progressive and establishment divide, the Democratic Party has worked hard to maintain and present a united front as they prepare to nominate Joe Biden to become their candidate to take on President Donald Trump in November.
The second night of the Democratic Convention opened with a keynote address as unconventional as the virtual event itself with 17 different speakers claiming Biden’s ideas are a ‘big f’n deal.’
The diverse group of local, state and federal level political leaders issued their endorsement of Joe Biden and said what they feel he will do to improve their respective areas based on the key issues their constituents face.
Most recognizable among the group of speakers considered rising stars within the Democratic Party was Stacey Abrams, a former representative in Georgia’s House who lost her race for governor in the state in 2018.
A large chunk of the multi-person keynote address focused on Biden’s efforts to expand the Affordable Care Act.
‘Joe’s working to protect and expand the Affordable Care Act. He’ll make sure millions of people keep their coverage,’ Texas Representative Colin Allred assured, adding he would give Medicare the ability to ‘negotiate drug prices.’
‘That’s a big f’n deal,’ Michigan State Representative Mari Manoogian said as shorthand for the expletive as she held up her hand like she were telling a secret.
Her claim was repeated by four other speakers in unison: ‘That’s a big f’n deal!’
‘Because Joe knows that we can’t have a healthy economy if people can’t afford healthcare,’ former Ohio State Representative and current county commissioner in Portage County, Ohio Kathleen Clyde said.
Donald Trump’s campaign immediately went on the attack against the speakers, calling them the ‘Radical 17’ in a campaign email sent out immediately ahead of their remarks.
‘Despite refusing to accept the results of her election, Stacey Abrams was chosen to lead a band of 17 ‘rising stars’ in delivering the keynote address of the Democrat National Convention,’ the campaign lashed out against the opening act of the second night of the convention.
It continued: ‘If this band of 17 radicals is the future of the Democrat Party, Americans should be very worried. They all hold far-left positions that are well outside the mainstream.’
Abrams closed out the keynote address with a little less than two minutes of dedicated speaking time – longer than most other politicians received without cutting to another.
‘America faces a triple threat, a public health catastrophe, and economic collapse and a reckoning with racial justice and inequality. So our choice is clear, a steady experienced public servant who can lead us out of this crisis just like he’s done before, or man who only knows how to deny and distract, a leader who cares about our families, or president who only cares about himself,’ she said in contrasting Biden to Trump.
The failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate who became the face of voter suppression was on the short list for Biden’s running mate. In her short close, she took a shot at President Trump’s attacks on mail-in voting and the crisis in the U.S. Postal Service by saying Biden will champion free and fair elections.
‘He will restore our moral compass by confronting our challenges, not by hiding from them, or undermining our elections to keep his job in a time of voter suppression at home and authoritarians abroad, Joe Biden will be a champion for free and fair elections for a public health system that keeps us safe for an economy that we build back better than before,’ she said.
Democrats called their 17 speakers the ‘next generation of party leaders’ and made the unusual decision to have multiple speakers in a spot that was used as a springboard for other speakers. Past keynote speakers at Democratic conventions include Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Ann Richards and Mario Cuomo.
Playing emcee from Hollywood Tuesday night was ‘Black-ish’ star Tracee Ellis Ross, who introduced the evening’s theme of ‘leadership.’ ‘This unprecedented moment calls for leadership. Steady, inclusive, leadership,’ she said.
‘As a black woman I find myself at a crucial intersection in American politics. For far too long black female leadership in this country has been utilized without being acknowledged or valued,’ Ross said. ‘But we are turning the tide.’
‘Hello Kamala,’ Ross said with a smile, calling the nomination of the first black woman to a presidential ticket ‘historic for anyone who believes in ‘we, the people.”
Ross then described Biden and Harris as leaders who will bridge the country’s burdened past to create a ‘safe, equitable and even joyful future.’