Joe Biden is scheduled to accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for president Thursday night, culminating political career that spanned 36 years in the Senate, eight years as vice president and two previous attempts at the nation’s highest office.
Biden, who previously ran unsuccessfully for president in 1988 and 2008, is expected to recount his philosophy overcoming hardships including the deaths of his first wife and infant daughter in a 1972 car crash, and the death of his son Beau from a brain tumor in 2015.
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Biden is also expected to contrast himself to President Donald Trump with proposals for dealing with three crises facing country: the coronavirus pandemic, the resulting economic collapse and the nationwide protests for racial justice.
“I used to think it was deliberate, but I just don’t think he’s up to the job,” Biden told a virtual gathering of the Pennsylvania delegation on Tuesday. “I’m not sure whether he doesn’t understand or that he refuses to prepare. He failed to protect this nation – not just now, but throughout his presidency, undermining the core principles of our moral and economic strength.”
Meanwhile, Trump will campaign Thursday afternoon in Old Forge, Pa., near Biden’s birthplace of Scranton. The campaign promoted the event as Trump describing Biden’s failing America during a half century in public office.
Other Democratic convention speakers will including federal, state and local officials discussing the theme of “America’s Promise.”
Former Biden rivals in the primaries – Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind. – will each be speaking.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom pioneered ways to deal with the pandemic in the most populous state, which he represents with Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms gained the national spotlight dealing with police violence in her city and was a potential running mate for Biden.
A trio of senators will also speak. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is the first woman elected to the chamber from Wisconsin, a key presidential battleground. She and Buttigieg are each gay.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois is an Army veteran who lost her legs in a helicopter crash. She was among the candidates Biden considered for running mate.
Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, who holds Biden’s seat in the chamber, nominated him Tuesday.