Democratic National Convention 2020: Day 4

By Melissa Macaya, Veronica Rocha, Fernando Alfonso III, Kyle Blaine and Jessica Estepa, CNN

Updated 8:47 a.m. ET, August 21, 2020
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11:13 p.m. ET, August 20, 2020

Biden says his economic plan is "all about jobs, dignity, respect and community"

From CNN's Eric Bradner

Fo Win McNamee/Getty Images

Joe Biden said his economic plan is built on lessons he learned from his father, who told him that the importance of a job is about "being able to look your kid in the eye and say it's going to be OK, and mean it."

"I've never forgotten those lessons. That's why my economic plan is all about jobs, dignity, respect and community," he said.

Biden touted his "build back better" plan, which would seek to inject stimulus spending into the economy to create union jobs in clean energy and manufacturing and would seek to create jobs in what his campaign has called the "caregiving economy."

"And yes, we're going to do more than praise our essential workers. We're finally going to pay them," he said.


11:06 p.m. ET, August 20, 2020

Biden: It’s only going to get worse if Trump is reelected

From CNN's Gregory Krieg

Former Vice President Joe Biden.
Former Vice President Joe Biden. Win McNamee/Getty Images

After running through the staggering toll to date of the coronavirus, Joe Biden said here’s no need for guessing about what comes next if Trump is reelected in November.

“You know what will happen,” Biden said. “Cases and deaths will remain far too high. More mom and pop businesses will close their doors and this time for good. Working families will struggle to get by and, yet, the wealthiest 1% will get tens of billions of dollars in new tax breaks.”

The “assault on the Affordable Care Act will continue,” Biden added, “until it’s destroyed.”

Setting the stakes moments earlier, Biden said that “character,” “compassion,” “decency,” “sincerity,” and – echoing Obama from Wednesday night – “democracy” were all on the ballot this year.

“And the choice could not be more clear,” he said. “No rhetoric is needed.”

11:21 p.m. ET, August 20, 2020

Biden slams Trump on coronavirus and says what he would do different

From CNN's Dan Merica

Joe Biden laid out his plan to combat coronavirus on Thursday, telling voters that President Donald Trump has “failed in his most basic duty” to protect Americans from the virus.

Ever since the first cases of coronavirus broke out in the United States earlier this year, the 2020 campaign has been dominated by the pandemic, forcing both Biden and Trump to pivot their campaigns to the issue.

Biden dedicated a significant portion of his acceptance speech on Thursday to how he, as president, would combat the virus.

Biden, in a stark rebuke of Trump, said he would deploy rapid tests for the virus, make personal protective equipment in the United States “so we will never again be at the mercy of China or other foreign countries,” make sure that schools have the resources they need to reopen and “put politics aside, take the muzzle off our experts.”

Biden also pledged to impose a “national mandate to wear a mask.”

“In short, we will do what we should have done from the very beginning,” Biden said. “Our current president has failed in his most basic duty. … That is unforgivable.”


11:04 p.m. ET, August 20, 2020

Biden thanks Obama, says he was "a president our children could and did look up to"

Former Vice President Joe Biden.
Former Vice President Joe Biden. Andre

Joe Biden took a moment during his nomination acceptance speech to thank former President Barack Obama saying, "You were a great president."

Biden, who served two terms alongside Obama, said children could look up to Obama, adding that they can't do that with President Trump.

"A president our children could and did look up to. No one's going to say that about the current occupant of the White House," Biden said.

11:08 p.m. ET, August 20, 2020

Biden says "no miracle is coming" when it comes to ending the coronavirus pandemic

Joe Biden criticized President Trump and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying "no miracle is coming."

"The President keeps telling us the virus is going to disappear. He keeps waiting for a miracle. Well, I have news for him. No miracle is coming. We need the world to confirm cases. Our economy's in tatters, with Black, Latino, Asian-American, Native-American communities bearing the brunt of it," Biden said tonight after accepting the Democratic party's nomination for president. "And after all this time, the President still does not have a plan. Well, I do. If I'm your president on day one we'll implement the national strategy I've been laying out since March. We'll develop and deploy rapid tests with results available immediately. We'll make the medical supplies and protective equipment that our country needs. We'll make them here in America, so we will never again be at the mercy of China or other foreign countries in order to protect our own people."

Biden's comments were in direct response to a refrain from Trump that the virus is "going to disappear," as he said on Feb. 27.

"One day it's like a miracle, it will disappear," Trump told attendees at an African American History Month reception in the White House Cabinet Room.

11:07 p.m. ET, August 20, 2020

Biden on a Trump second term: "Is that the America you want for you, for your family, your children?"

From CNN's Eric Bradner

Former Vice President Joe Biden.
Former Vice President Joe Biden. Andrew Harnik/AP

Joe Biden said that if President Donald Trump is re-elected, "he'll be what he's been for the last four years," and asked Americans if that's what they want for their children.

Trump, Biden said, "takes no responsibility" and "fans the flames of hate and division."

In a second term, he said, "He'll wake up every day believing the job is all about him, never about you."

"Is that the America you want for you, for your family, your children?" Biden said. "I see it differently -- one that's generous and strong, selfless and humble. It's an America we can rebuild together."

11:04 p.m. ET, August 20, 2020

Biden says America is in a "perfect storm" of crises

From CNN's Dan Merica

Former Vice President Joe Biden.
Former Vice President Joe Biden. Democratic Nationa

Joe Biden said on Thursday that the nation he hopes to lead is in the midst of “a perfect storm” of four pressing crises, portraying America as a nation in turmoil but with ability to overcome those issues.

“Now history has delivered us to one o the most difficult moments America has ever faced,” Biden said in his acceptance speech. “Four historic crises — all at the same time. A perfect storm.”

Those four issues, Biden said, were the coronavirus pandemic, the growing economic crisis, the call for racial justice and the threats of climate change. “The question for us is simple,” Biden said. “Are we ready? I believe we are.”

Biden said that no generation knows the issues it will be forced to confront, but he sought to take a positive outlook on the problems facing the country.

11:00 p.m. ET, August 20, 2020

Biden calls on nation to "overcome this season of darkness"

From CNN's Eric Bradner

Former Vice President Joe Biden.
Former Vice President Joe Biden. Democratic National Convention

When Joe Biden accepted the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday night, he said in Delaware that "united we can and will overcome this season of darkness in America."

"The current president's cloaked American darkness for much too long," Biden said in an opening that targeted President Donald Trump.

"Too much anger, too much fear, too much division. Here and now, I give you my word: If you entrust me with the presidency, I will draw on the best of us, not the worst. I'll be an ally of the light, not the darkness. It's time for us — for we the people — to come together," Biden said.


12:06 a.m. ET, August 21, 2020

Biden officially accepts the Democratic presidential nomination

From CNN's Sarah Mucha 

Former Vice President Joe Biden.
Former Vice President Joe Biden. Democratic National Convention

Joe Biden has officially accepted the presidential nomination of the Democratic party.

“It is with great honor and humility that I accept this nomination for President of the United States of America," he said.

"I am a proud Democrat," Biden said, adding that he promises to be a president for all Americans. 

Biden was introduced by a video that went through the former vice president's life, and career, and highlighted his role as a father, husband and political leader.

Biden's children, Ashley Biden and Hunter Biden, spoke before their father accepted the nomination.

"We want to tell you what kind of president our dad will be. He will be tough. And honest.  Caring and principled. He'll listen, he'll be there when you need him. He'll tell you the truth even when you don't want to hear it. He'll never let you down," they said together, one after the other.

"He's been a great father, and we think he will be a great president," they continued.