Vice President-elect Kamala Harris assured voters that while the first female vice president of the United States will make history, she will not be the last.
The 56-year-old is also the first black and Indian-American individual to be elected to the post, an accomplishment she vowed would in the future pave the way for those like her.
She urged kids to “dream with ambition” in her first speech to the nation since she and Joe Biden were declared the winners of the U.S. presidential election, and said, “I may be the first woman in office, but I will not be the last.”
“Maybe she didn’t quite imagine this moment.”Perhaps she hadn’t quite expected this moment.
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“She added: “But she believed so much in an America where it is possible to have a moment like this.
So I think of her and the millions of women in our nation’s history — black women, Asian women, white women, Latina women, and Native American women who paved the way for this moment tonight.
“Women who have fought and sacrificed so much for equality, freedom and justice for all, including the black women who are too often overlooked, but so often prove to be the backbone of our democracy.”
At the event in Wilmington, Delaware, Ms. Harris took the stage before President-elect Joe Biden, just hours after she claimed victory in a tightly fought election by winning the main Pennsylvania constituency.
“She recalled civil rights leader John Lewis at the beginning of the event, saying, “Before his death, Congressman John Lewis wrote, “Democracy is not a state. It is an act.” And what he meant was that the democracy of America is not guaranteed.
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It is only as powerful as our readiness to fight for it. To retain it and never take it for granted.’
Kamala Harris, Vice President-elect, joins hands with Joe Biden, President-elect (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
She said, “It takes combat to protect our democracy.” Sacrifice is needed. Yet there is pleasure in it as well. And progress is there.
“Because we, the people, have the power to build a better future. And when our democracy was on the line in this election, when the soul of America was on the line and the world was watching, you ushered in a new day for America.”
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“loyal, honest and prepared.”loyal, honest and ready.
“Now the real work begins,” she said.