Joe Biden announced Friday that he has enough delegates to nominate him a Democrat candidate to face Republican President Donald Trump in the November presidential election in the United States.
“Tonight we are assured of the 1991 delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination,” said the former vice president. “I will devote every day to fighting for your votes so that together we can win the battle for the soul of our country.”
Biden, 77, crossed the threshold of 1991 delegates to secure his nomination by his party as the countdown to a series of Democratic primaries continued on Tuesday.
He was already considered the presumed candidate after rallying in April for the left champion Bernie Sanders.
The country is currently experiencing massive protests after the May 25 homicide of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, by a white police officer.
“This is a difficult time in the history of America. And Donald Trump’s angry and sowing policy is not an answer, “he wrote on the Medium platform after the announcement of the crossing of the decisive number of delegates. “The country demands loud and clear leadership. Leadership capable of bringing us together. Leadership that can bring us together ”.
Mr. Biden’s reaction to the protests contrasts with that of Mr. Trump who threatened to deploy the military. Biden has made multiple declarations, repeatedly denouncing “institutional racism” and vowing to tackle it in his first 100 days of power if he defeated outgoing Republican President Trump on November 3.
During a meeting with black religious and political leaders organized last Sunday, his first participation in a public meeting since mid-March when the coronavirus pandemic suddenly paralyzed the presidential campaign, Mr. Biden had denounced the presidency of Mr. Trump and the problems of racism and inequality plaguing the United States. “The bandage was torn off by this pandemic and this president,” he said.
Several participants in the meeting urged him to choose a running mate who would become the first black vice president if he won in November. He reiterated to them that “several African American candidates” were on his list.
Vice President Barack Obama for eight years, Joe Biden is very popular with black Americans, a key electorate for any Democrat hoping to win the American presidential election.
But he did not escape criticism for his past positions or comments that provoked outrage. Like when he told a radio host in May that he was “not black” if he was thinking of voting for Donald Trump. Joe Biden quickly apologized.
The Democratic nomination contest was off to a bad start for Mr. Biden against Mr. Sanders, but he took the advantage in late February with a primary in South Carolina. An average of the national polls compiled by the RealClearPolitics site currently gives Mr. Biden a 7.1 point lead over Mr. Trump in the election.