One of the fundamental values that President-elect Biden and I share is a belief in the dignity of work.
We both understand that a job is about more than a paycheck. It’s about dignity and respect.
Joe learned that lesson from his father. I learned it from my mother.
My mother taught me in her words and her actions, that no matter how you earn a living, whether you’re a caregiver or truck driver, grocery store clerk or small business owner, every job has inherent value and worth.
And every worker, everywhere, has a right to earn a living wage, work in safe and healthy conditions, and pursue a better life for themselves and their family. …
One of the fundamental principles upon which America’s democracy rests — a principle as sacred as a civic value can be — is fidelity to the rule of law.
In times of stability, that principle can seem abstract, like something out of a legal textbook that isn’t relevant to our daily lives.
But in times of upheaval, we come to realize, to appreciate, just how vital the rule of law truly is.
What we saw yesterday in our nation’s capital was, as the President-elect called it, an assault on the rule of law.
And it has no place in our democracy. …
As President-elect Biden and I look ahead to the challenges we will inherit upon walking into the White House, we are focused on containing this pandemic and delivering relief to all who need it.
We are focused on safely reopening our schools and responsibly reopening our economy.
And, as we’ve said many times, we are also focused on building America back better and doing what is necessary to lift up all Americans no matter where they live — whether it’s in big cities, rural areas, or anyplace in between.
One of the most important ways we will do that is by creating good, union jobs to build, operate, and maintain a safe, modern, and sustainable transportation system. …
Over these past few days and weeks, we have announced members of our administration, who will help us meet the unprecedented challenges facing the American people.
We have brought together a health care team that will help contain this pandemic once and for all, an economic team that will help build an economy that works for working people, and all those looking to work, and a national security and foreign policy team that will help keep our nation safe, and restore and advance our leadership around the world.
Today, we are announcing leaders who will help deliver immediate relief to every corner of our great country, from rural communities to big cities and every place in between, leaders who will help care for our veterans and their families, and advance opportunity for all Americans at this consequential moment for our country. …
President-elect Biden and I will take office at a consequential moment for our country.
Even as we work to contain this pandemic and responsibly open our economy, we also need to lead the Defense Department into the future, rebuild and renew global alliances and partnerships, and make sure the United States is prepared to address new threats and new challenges — from cyber to climate.
The fundamental responsibility of our administration — and any administration — is keeping the American people safe and secure.
My whole career has been about keeping Americans safe.
In the United States Senate, I have served on the Homeland Security and Intelligence Committees; traveled to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Middle East, where I have seen the extraordinary training, commitment, and heroism of our service members; and proudly represented California — the state with the largest number of active duty military and veterans in our country. …
Congratulations Mr. President-elect on nominating and appointing this outstanding team to get this pandemic under control.
And thank you to these accomplished physicians, experts, and public servants for answering the call to serve the American people in this hour of need.
Over Thanksgiving, the president-elect and I called health care workers who are on the front lines of this pandemic. Just to thank them.
We wanted to express our gratitude — and our nation’s gratitude — for everything they have been doing. For every sacrifice they have made.
That day, I spoke with a registered nurse named Maureen in Pennsylvania and Talisa in Illinois. …
Mr. President-elect, congratulations on choosing this outstanding economic team.
And to our nominees and appointees, thank you for your continued service to our nation.
This is the team we need to deliver immediate economic relief to the American people, to get our economy back on track, and to make sure it works for working people.
And, as President-elect Biden noted earlier, completing that task could not be more urgent.
Cases of COVID-19 are spiking.
And beyond the tragic loss of life, the toll of this recession continues to mount.
Across America, one in six adults with children say their families are hungry; one in three adults are having trouble paying their bills; and the number of open small businesses has fallen by nearly 30 percent due to this pandemic, while many others are hoping they can stay afloat until a vaccine is available. …
Thank you, Secretary Kerry.
And congratulations Mr. President-elect on bringing together this extraordinary team.
I have always believed in the nobility of public service, and these Americans embody it.
Their lives and careers are a testament to the dedication, sacrifice, and commitment to civic responsibility that have strengthened our democracy — and kept America’s promise alive — for more than two hundred years.
President-elect Biden and I have long known that when we were elected, we would inherit a series of unprecedented challenges upon walking into the White House.
Addressing these challenges starts with getting this pandemic under control, opening our economy responsibly, and making sure it works for working people. …
Congressman John Lewis, before his passing, wrote: “Democracy is not a state. It is an act.”
And what he meant was that America’s democracy is not guaranteed.
It is only as strong as our willingness to fight for it, to guard it and never take it for granted.
And protecting our democracy takes struggle.
It takes sacrifice. There is joy in it and there is progress.
Because We The People have the power to build a better future.
And when our very democracy was on the ballot in this election, with the very soul of America at stake, and the world watching, you ushered in a new day for America. …
Are you ready?
Joe’s here. Jill’s here. Doug’s here. You are here. We are here.
To bring this election home!
And we’ve got one more day.
This is it.
Joe and I are just so grateful.
For your support, your prayers, your love. For your time — volunteering, making calls. For your trust in us. And for your vote.
And as we head into tomorrow, I know we are empowered. We are optimistic about our future. We know the strength of unity. We know the strength of America.
When Joe asked me to join this ticket, saying yes was an easy decision.
We come from different backgrounds — but we were raised, with the same values.
Hard work. Honesty. Decency.
A belief that we all have a responsibility to look out for one another.
And those are the values I’ve seen as I’ve traveled across our country over the past 84 days.
The values we share as Americans.
Across our country, you can feel something’s happening.
In big cities and small towns — wearing masks and social distancing — I’ve seen people lining the streets and gathering on corners to show their support.
They’re bringing their children, holding up signs, wearing their colors and strolling to the polls, and waving the red, white and blue.
The energy out there is real. It is inspiring.
In this battle for the very soul of our nation — we have seen what can be, unburdened by what has been.
We’ve seen who we are.
The country we love.
And that is why I know that tomorrow we are going to elect Joe Biden to be the next President of the United States!
So, tell me, how many of you already voted?
Honk if you’ve voted!
Now, if you haven’t voted yet — go to IWillVote.com to find out when and where you can vote tomorrow.
Honk if you’ve been sending texts and making calls to get out the vote.
Cause we all know from the time the polls open tomorrow morning until they close, every minute counts.
So we can’t let up because it ain’t over till it’s over.
And everything is at stake.
Our health, our economy, our children’s futures. A woman’s right to make decisions about her own body. A criminal justice system that treats all people equally and with dignity. A Supreme Court that advances the legacy of Justice Ginsburg. That lives up to the phrase above its entrance: Equal Justice Under Law.
The kind of country we want to be.
It’s all on the line.
This is the most consequential election of our lifetimes — and the decision we make will last for generations.
And as I travel around, one of the biggest issues on everyone’s mind is the pandemic that is ravaging our country.
And remember back in January, Donald Trump knew just how bad the coronavirus was. That it was deadly and airborne.
But what did he do with that information?
He looked straight into the cameras at the American people and lied about it. He covered it up.
Can you imagine if you knew on January 28th what he knew?
Can you imagine how your family might have been able to prepare?
Can you imagine how our businesses, how our schools might have been able to prepare?
How we as a country might have been able to prepare?
But President Trump doesn’t think about what’s best for America. He only thinks about what’s best for himself.
And as a result, we have lost 230 thousand lives to COVID.
So many people forced to die alone because of the nature of this virus.
230 thousand Americans.
The last time we experienced loss like this was World War Two.
In addition, we’re looking at over 9 million people who have contracted the virus. And we know it’s hitting communities of color hardest. Latinos are contracting COVID at 3 times the rate of others. Black folks are dying at 2 times the rate of others.
And let’s be clear.
We are also in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression because President Trump failed to contain this virus.
He failed to lead.
23 million people are receiving unemployment. 1 in 5 mothers with children under the age of 12 describe them as hungry. 1 in 6 households are behind on rent. 1 in 4 small businesses have closed.
And yet, 9 months into this pandemic, this president still doesn’t have a plan to contain it.
We have witnessed the greatest failure of a presidential administration in America’s history.
And on top of it all, President Trump is in court right now trying to end the Affordable Care Act and take health coverage away from over 20 million Americans.
He’s trying to end protections for the over 100 million Americans with pre-existing conditions.
Conditions like asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure or cancer.
Honk if you know someone with asthma, diabetes, breast cancer.
America, we cannot afford four more years of Donald Trump.
The first thing Joe and I will do when we’re in the White House is get this virus under control.
We’ll listen to the scientists and public health experts.
Provide free testing, treatment and when it’s available, a safe vaccine for all.
Provide schools with the guidance and resources they need to reopen safely.
And we will build back an economy that actually works for working people.
And let me be clear: Joe and I will not increase taxes on anyone making less than $400,000 a year. Period.
But we will, ask the super wealthy and biggest corporations to pay their fair share.
And we’ll invest those tax dollars to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure.
Tackle the climate crisis and create millions of good-paying union jobs.
Make child care more affordable and invest in our nation’s schools and teachers.
Build on Obamacare and expand access to health care to tens of millions of Americans, including mental health care. Lower prescription drug costs. Protect and expand Medicare and Social Security.
We’ll work to root out the systemic racism that still exists in our criminal justice system.
Confront white supremacy. And fight for economic justice — no matter your zip code or race.
And we’ll begin the work of healing, repairing, and uniting our nation — Democrats. Republicans. And Independents. People of all races and backgrounds.
Because that’s how we’ve always overcome our greatest challenges. Together.
And Joe gets that.
You see, Joe is a leader who understands what the American people are going through.
He sees us. He understands suffering because he has experienced it himself.
Joe Biden is a leader of both strength and empathy. Toughness and humility.
He understands that the measure of a person’s strength is not based on who you put down, but who you lift up.
And he knows that no matter where we come from or where we live, no matter our race or gender, background or faith; no matter how we identify or who we love; no matter the language your grandmother speaks; what we have in common is so much stronger than what divides us.
That’s the kind of leader America needs right now.
And it’s why we must win this election. …