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Joe Biden presents US election as a fight for the nation’s soul

By Amie T. Camara

Afrinity Production gladly brings to you former US Vice President Joe Biden acceptance speech of the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination during a speech he delivered for the largely virtual 2020 Democratic National Convention from the Chase Center in Wilmington.

Afrinity Production can clearly disclose to you that Joe Biden has formally accepted the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, describing in a televised speech to a virtual convention his vision for a new United States that is facing multiple crises at once.

“It is an America we can rebuild together,” Biden said, pledging to make control of the coronavirus outbreak his first act if elected president.

“We will never get our economy back on track. We will never get our kids safely back in schools. Never have our lives back until we deal with this virus,” Biden said.

“Joe Biden gave the speech of his lifetime, and he accomplished what he needed to, presenting an optimistic, forward-thinking voice for voters,” said Nichola Gutgold, a professor of communication arts and sciences at Penn State University.

“He came across as ‘the president next-door’ offering a glimpse of his life as a young boy growing up in a small town, combining a folksy decency with policy points,” Gutgold told Al Jazeera.

“It was unlike any other convention speech in American history.”

Democrats used the four-day convention programme to frame the November election as a referendum on Donald Trump’s presidency and laid out a series of centre-left policies on key issues confronting the nation.

Source__Aljazeera, Reuters

Trump’s conspiracy theory against Ms Harris failed.

According to BBC, the campaign team for Democratic White House candidate Joe Biden has issued a scathing response after US President Donald Trump amplified a conspiracy theory about his running mate.

Mr Trump said he had “heard” that Kamala Harris – a US-born citizen whose parents were immigrants – “doesn’t qualify” to serve as US vice-president.

The fringe theory put forward by Trump has been dismissed by constitutional experts.

The Biden campaign called the comments “abhorrent” and “pathetic”.

They noted that Mr Trump spent years promoting a false “birther” theory that ex-President Barack Obama was not born in the US.

Ms Harris, a senator from California, on Tuesday became the first black woman and the first Asian-American to be named as a running mate on a main-party US presidential ticket.

“Donald Trump was the national leader of the grotesque, racist birther movement with respect to President Obama and has sought to fuel racism and tear our nation apart on every single day of his presidency,” a Biden campaign spokesman said in an email.

“So it’s unsurprising, but no less abhorrent, that as Trump makes a fool of himself straining to distract the American people from the horrific toll of his failed coronavirus response that his campaign and their allies would resort to wretched, demonstrably false lies in their pathetic desperation.”

Ms Harris was born to a Jamaican father and Indian mother in Oakland, California, on 20 October 1964. As such, she is eligible to serve as president or vice-president.

Constitutional scholars have dismissed the fringe legal theory that Mr Trump was referring to.

Women still struggling to get to the top

Kamala Harris makes history as US vice presidential candidate, but barriers remain for women in power around the world.

This week, US Democratic party presidential candidate Joe Biden announced that Senator Kamala Harris would be his running mate and future vice president if he wins the vote this November. This is frontier stuff – it is the first time a woman of colour has been given such a position on a major party ticket in the US. To some, this highlights how patriarchal the system remains as she had to have it bestowed upon her by a man – Biden. It remains to be seen if this is a real marker for progress, or a tokenistic effort on the part of the Democrats.

The fact is that the obstacles preventing most women from reaching positions of power remain firmly in place.

“It is quite astonishing to see that more than 100 years after women were first given the right to vote (in Iceland), the first-ever elected woman president is still alive,” says Koch-Mehrin.

She is speaking of Vigdis Finnbogadottir who won the 1980 Icelandic presidential election and became the longest-serving elected female head of state in history, with nearly 16 years in office.

“It is still a new phenomenon in political systems which have been set up and tailored to the needs of men for hundreds of years,” says Koch-Mehrin. “Women are still the ‘new’ group trying to get in.”

The climb to the top is even more fraught for women of colour, even in political systems which have made traction in the effort to ease the passage of women generally.

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Joe Biden choses Kamala Harris as running mate

BBC said, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has named Kamala Harris as his running mate – the first black woman and South Asian American in the role.

Mr Biden will face President Donald Trump in the election on 3 November 2020.

At a White House news conference on Tuesday, Mr Trump, a Republican, said he was so excited with Mr Biden’s choice, disclosing she did “very, very poorly” in her effort to become the Democratic nominee.

Ms Harris will debate Mr Trump’s running mate, Vice-President Mike Pence, on 7 October in Salt Lake City, Utah in the US.

The role of a vice presidential running mate isn’t clearly defined as of now.

A running mate is often a safe bet and minimises the chance of embarrassment.

But with Mr Biden turning 78 in November, he would be by far the oldest person to be sworn in as president, making the potential necessity for Ms Harris to stand in as president more likely than usual.

Source___BBC

US election 2020: Trump says Democrats candidate Joe Biden will ‘hurt God’ if Elected

US President Donald Trump has make known that Joe Biden is “against God”, ramping up attacks on his Democratic rival and covering an ugly election battle.

According to BBC, the remarks, during a trip to Ohio, came as Mr Trump step up to make up ground in the crucial Midwestern states that were his path to winning in 2016.

“He’s against God. He’s against guns,” said the president, a Republican.

Mr Biden, an avowed Catholic, will take on Mr Trump in November. Opinion polls suggest the Democrat currently leads and there is a possibility of Trump loosing.

Mr Trump, who identifies himself as Presbyterian, said of Mr Biden earlier in the day in Cleveland, Ohio: “He’s following the radical left agenda.

“Take away your guns, destroy your Second Amendment. No religion, no anything, hurt the Bible, hurt God.

“He’s against God, he’s against guns, he’s against energy, our kind of energy.”

BBC further said, Mr Trump has been accused of using the platform of the presidency for political gain by injecting campaign-style rhetoric into taxpayer-funded official engagements intended to communicate US government policy.

Credit___BBC

“I won’t be holding rallies”-Joe Biden

US Democrat Joe Biden has make known that he will not be holding presidential campaign rallies during the coronavirus pandemic.

“This is the most unusual campaign, I think, in modern history,” Mr Biden said at a press conference in Delaware.

His rival, President Donald Trump, saw lower-than-expected turnout for a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in June and his campaign has announced no new rallies.

People’s view on the polls show Mr Biden with an almost double-digit lead over Mr Trump as the 3 November election looms.

On Tuesday, Mr Biden told reporters: “I’m going to follow the doc’s orders – not just for me but for the country – and that means that I am not going to be holding rallies.

The former US vice-president under Barack Obama also said he has not yet been tested for Covid-19, which has killed almost 130,000 people in the US.

Source___BBC

Joe Biden hits a turning point that Hillary Clinton never did: 50%

Regularly when we look at polling we talk about margins. For example, former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by 7 point margin in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll out on Sunday. What that can miss, however, is that Biden’s close to 50% (49%), while Trump isn’t anywhere close (42%) in the poll.

In reality, if you look at the average of live interview polls released since last Sunday, Biden manages to eclipse 50% (51%). That is, he has a majority for now. This is a key milestone that shouldn’t be undersold.

In the past US history, in comparison to now, Biden might win the upcoming election if Trump don’t look up.

His campaign is coming at an interesting speed and his supporters do not seem to look lazy at all.

Credit___CNN

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