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US elections 2020 HIGHLIGHTS: Biden, other Democrats hail Kamala Harris’ VP nomination

On Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention, former president Barack Obama endorsed the Biden-Harris duo, asking America to "believe in their ability to lead this country out of dark times and build it back better".

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 20, 2020 10:12:26 pm
Kamala Harris, Kamala Harris speech, US elections 2020, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, world news, Indian expressDemocratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention, Wednesday,at the Chase Center in Wilmington. (AP)

Kamala Harris Thursday accepted the Democratic nomination for vice-president, becoming the first Black woman and Asian-American on a major US presidential ticket. In her acceptance speech at the virtual Democratic National Convention, Harris said, “The constant chaos leaves us adrift, the incompetence makes us feel afraid, the callousness makes us feel alone. It’s a lot. And here’s the thing: we can do better and deserve so much more,” in reference to Donald Trump’s presidency.

On Day 3 of the Convention, former President Barack Obama endorsed the Biden-Harris duo, asking America to “believe in their ability to lead this country out of dark times and build it back better”. Targeting President Donald Trump who is seeking re-election, Obama said, “I never expected that my successor would embrace my vision or continue my policies. I did hope, for the sake of our country, that Donald Trump might show some interest in taking the job seriously; that he might come to feel the weight of the office and discover some reverence for the democracy that had been placed in his care. But he never did.

In Pics | Kamala Harris accepts VP nomination at DNC, Democrats lend support

Last week, Joe Biden scripted history by selecting Indian-origin Senator Harris, 55, as his running mate in the US presidential election. Harris, whose father is an African from Jamaica and mother an Indian, is the first-ever Black vice-presidential nominee. Presidential elections in the US will be held on November 3 and the 77-year-old is challenging incumbent Republican President Donald Trump in the polls.

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US Presidential Elections 2020 Live News Updates: Kamala Harris accepts nomination for Vice-President at Democratic National Convention 2020; Barack Obama targets President Donald Trump; Joe Biden ahead in polls. Here's latest news ahead of the November 3, 2020 elections

17:49 (IST)20 Aug 2020
At home and in US, Jamaicans celebrate Kamala Harris' VP nod

Residents of this small town in the farming country of northern Jamaica watched elated Wednesday night as Kamala Harris, daughter of one of the many Orange Hill residents who emigrated to the US, accepted the Democratic nomination for vice president. "This is a proud moment for us as knowing that she is family. She's making history!" said Harris' cousin Newton Harris, a 29-year-old legal consultant in the office of the Attorney General of Jamaica.

"As long as she remains the faithful servant of those who need her advocacy the most, she'll go far and history will be kind to her," said Newton Harris, who was watching the Democratic National Convention online at home.

"Her speech was brilliant,'' said cousin Maxine Cross, a 65-year-old property manager. "Loved it! We are so proud of Kamala." In South Florida, members of the 300,000-strong Jamaican-American community celebrated just as hard when Harris was chosen as Biden's running mate, saying she will make it easier for Democrats to mobilise voters in a must-win state for President Donald Trump.

"The enthusiasm level is through the roof. People are extremely excited," said Dale Holness, the Jamaican-born Democratic mayor of Broward County, home to the largest Jamaican community in South Florida. (AP)

16:48 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Obama’s rare rebuke of Trump raises US President’s hackles

As Barack Obama tore into US President Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention, his successor hit back with a barrage of angry tweets, saying the former president spied on his campaign and got caught. Trump went live with his tweeting as Obama and Indian-origin Senator Kamala Harris delivered their speeches at the 2020 Democratic National Convention on Wednesday.

“HE SPIED ON MY CAMPAIGN, AND GOT CAUGHT!” Trump said in an all-cap tweet. Trump was referring to the charges that his campaign was being spied on in 2016.

As Obama asked Americans to vote for Joe Biden, the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, Trump fired another tweet in caps.

16:09 (IST)20 Aug 2020
For Joe Biden, long path to a potentially crucial presidency

When Joe Biden steps to the podium Thursday night as the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, he will offer himself to a wounded, meandering nation as balm — and as a bridge.

A 77-year-old steeped in the American political establishment for a half-century, Biden cannot himself embody the kind of generational change that Presidents John F Kennedy or Bill Clinton represented. Even with wide-ranging proposals for government action on health care, taxation and the climate crisis, he will never be the face of a burgeoning progressive movement. As a white man, Biden cannot know personally the systemic racism now at the forefront of a national reckoning over centuries-old social and economic inequities. Read more

15:45 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Democratic National Convention, Day 3 takeaways: Make history, pound Trump

There has been one persistent theme in the Democratic National Convention so far: to portray President Donald Trump in highly personal ways as one unsuited for the White House both in skills and temperament. And no one, not even former President Barack Obama, has been holding back.

Obama came to power on the airy notions of “hope and change.” He governed with a largely calm and cerebral air, and continued that in his post-White House years.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi celebrated that women make up nearly a quarter of the House, but she quickly shifted to hitting Trump over missing the moment. “I’ve seen firsthand Donald Trump’s disrespect for facts, for working families and for women in particular,” she said. Read more

14:19 (IST)20 Aug 2020
An overview of Kamala Harris’ speech at the 2020 Democratic National Convention

Harris began her address by paying tribute to the suffragettes who fought for women’s equality and the right to vote as well as the women and men who fought for equality and justice, paving the way for her nomination, this year. She said she was raised to believe in the many virtues of public service and the fight for justice. She vowed to serve the country committed to the values her mother taught her. She outlined her vision for America, which she claimed “feels distant” today. Taking on the President, she said, “Donald Trump’s failure of leadership has cost lives and livelihoods,” she said. “If you’re a parent struggling with your child’s remote learning, or you’re a teacher struggling on the other side of that screen, you know that what we’re doing right now isn’t working.” Read more here

10:05 (IST)20 Aug 2020
WATCH: Senator Warren endorsed former rival Biden's economic plan during the DNC on day 3

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday endorsed her former rival Joe Biden's economic plan, urging voters to back the Democratic nominee at the Democratic National Convention.

09:54 (IST)20 Aug 2020
WATCH: Kamala Harris’ full speech at the 2020 Democratic National Convention

Kamala Harris scripts history as she accepts Democratic Party's nomination for US vice-president

09:49 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Obama issues scathing rebuke of Donald Trump on Day 3 of DNC

Former President Barack Obama took the virtual stage at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night and implored voters to back his former vice president for the nation’s top job, arguing that “our democracy” is on the line. (AP)

09:07 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Hilary Clinton at Democratic Convention

Hillary Clinton, who lost the 2016 presidential elections to Donald Trump, said at the Democratic National Convention Thursday that everyone must vote "like our lives and livelihoods are on the line" to help Biden win overwhelmingly. Clinton, who served as First Lady and Secretary of State, said, "This can’t be another woulda coulda shoulda election... No matter what, vote. Vote like our lives and livelihoods are on the line, because they are.

"Joe and Kamala can win by 3 million votes and still lose. Take it from me. So we need numbers overwhelming so Trump can’t sneak or steal his way to victory," she said. Clinton had won the popular vote against Trump but lost in the Electoral College.

09:04 (IST)20 Aug 2020
At Democratic Convention, Obama targets Trump

Targeting US President Donald Trump who is seeking re-election, Obama said, “I never expected that my successor would embrace my vision or continue my policies. I did hope, for the sake of our country, that Donald Trump might show some interest in taking the job seriously; that he might come to feel the weight of the office and discover some reverence for the democracy that had been placed in his care. But he never did.

“Trump hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t. And the consequences of that failure are severe. 170,000 Americans dead. Millions of jobs gone, while those at the top take in more than ever. Our worst impulses unleashed, our proud reputation around the world badly diminished, and our democratic institutions threatened like never before,” Obama added.

09:01 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Kamala Harris acceptance speech: 'We can do much better... we deserve more'

In her acceptance speech at the penultimate day of the virtual Democratic National Convention, Harris said, "The constant chaos leaves us adrift, the incompetence makes us feel afraid, the callousness makes us feel alone. It’s a lot. And here’s the thing: we can do better and deserve so much more," in reference to Donald Trump's presidency.

"Right now, we have a President who turns our tragedies into political weapons. Joe will be a president who turns our challenges into purpose," she added.

08:54 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Kamala Harris accepts Democratic nomination for vice president

Kamala Harris Thursday accepted the Democratic nomination for Vice-President, becoming the first Black woman and Asian-American on a major US presidential ticket.

19:27 (IST)16 Aug 2020
Biden promises to reform H-1B visa system, eliminate country-quota for green cards

If voted to power in the November general elections, a Biden administration will reform the H-1B visa system and work towards eliminating the country-quota for green cards, his campaign has said, in a move to woo the influential Indian-American community. The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. Companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.

In a major policy document for Indian-Americans released on the occasion of India's 74th Independence Day on Saturday, the Biden Campaign also emphasised its support to family-based immigration system and streamlining processing for religious worker visas. The administration will also take steps to stem the rising tide of hate and bigotry, address the security needs of house of worship, eliminate language barriers and honour the diversity and contributions of Indian-Americans, it said.

This is for the first time that a Democratic presidential candidate has come out with an exclusive policy document for Indian-Americans. There are 1.3 million eligible Indian-American voters across eight battleground states. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is scheduled to address the Indian-American community in a video message later in the day. Biden will support family-based immigration and preserve family unification as a core principle of our immigration system, which includes reducing the family visa backlog, his campaign said.

"He will increase the number of visas offered for permanent, work-based immigration based on macroeconomic conditions and exempt from any cap recent graduates of PhD programmes in STEM fields," the campaign said. "And, he will support first reforming the temporary visa system for high-skill, specialty jobs to protect wages and workers, then expanding the number of visas offered and eliminating the limits on employment-based green cards by country, which have kept so many Indian families in waiting for too long," it said.

According to the policy document, Biden will restore and defend the naturalisation process for Green Card holders. A Green Card allows a non-US citizen to live and work permanently in America. "He will increase the number of refugees we welcome into this country by setting the annual global refugee admissions target to 125,000 and seek to raise it over time to commensurate with our responsibility, our values, and the unprecedented global need," it said.

17:57 (IST)16 Aug 2020
If elected, will stand with India in confronting threats it faces from region: Biden

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has asserted that if elected, his administration will stand with India against the threats New Delhi faces from its own region and along its borders and vowed to continue to rely on the Indian-American diaspora, that keeps the two nations together.

Last week, Biden scripted history by selecting Indian origin Senator Harris, 55, as his running mate in the US presidential election. Harris, whose father is an African from Jamaica and mother an Indian, is the first-ever Black vice-presidential nominee.

Presidential elections in the US will be held on November 3 and the 77-year-old is challenging incumbent Republican President Donald Trump in the polls.

"Fifteen years ago, I was leading the efforts to approve the historic civil nuclear deal with India. I said that if the US and India became closer friends and partners, then the world will be a safer place," Biden, who was vice-president in the Obama administration, said while addressing the Indian-American community on India's Independence Day.

If elected president, Biden said, he will continue to believe this and also continue to stand with India against the threats it faces from its own region and along its borders.

Biden said that he will work on expanding two-way trade between the US and India, and take on big global challenges like climate change and global health security.

21:25 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Biden administration will place 'high priority' on strengthening India-US ties

A Biden administration will place a "high priority" on continuing to strengthen the India-US relationship, his campaign said on Saturday, asserting that no common global challenge can be solved without the two countries working as responsible partners. In a major policy document on Indian-Americans, the campaign said Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden believes there can be no tolerance for terrorism in South Asia, cross-border or otherwise.

A Biden administration will also work with India to support a rules-based and stable Indo-Pacific region in which no country, including China, is able to threaten its neighbours with impunity, it said. A Biden administration will place a "high priority" on continuing to strengthen the India-US relationship, his campaign said on Saturday, asserting that no common global challenge can be solved without the two countries working as responsible partners. 

In a major policy document on Indian-Americans, the campaign said Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden believes there can be no tolerance for terrorism in South Asia, cross-border or otherwise. A Biden administration will also work with India to support a rules-based and stable Indo-Pacific region in which no country, including China, is able to threaten its neighbours with impunity, it said. (AP)

21:10 (IST)15 Aug 2020
'Ballot harvesting' targeted amid fight over voting rules

As President Donald Trump's reelection campaign challenged Nevada's new voting law in court, the president and Republicans argued the rules would facilitate fraud and illegal voting. Chief among their criticisms was a provision allowing "ballot harvesting." The Nevada lawsuit highlighted a practice that has long fueled Republicans' suspicions about mail-in voting.

Although widely practiced and rarely found to be abused, the rule permitting a third party to collect and return multiple ballots remains a source of partisan dispute. Those fights are likely to continue up to Election Day as states adjust their laws for the pandemic. More than half of states allow a third party to collect ballots. And political groups and campaigns from both parties have run ballot-collection programs aimed at boosting turnout and ensuring voters who are older, homebound, disabled, or live far from U.S. postal services can get their ballot returned. (AP)

18:31 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Donald Trump campaign creates coalitions to woo Indian-American, South Asian voters

US President Donald Trump's reelection campaign has launched four new coalitions as it seeks to boost its appeal to Indian-American, Sikh, Muslim and other South Asian communities ahead of the general election. An estimated 1.3 million Indian-Americans are expected to vote in the November 3 election, including nearly 200,000 in Pennsylvania and 125,000 in Michigan, both must-win battleground states.

The coalitions -- 'Indian Voices for Trump,' 'Hindu Voices for Trump,' 'Sikhs for Trump' and 'Muslim Voices for Trump' -- will engage community members nationwide to fight against Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' socialist agenda and ensure prosperity and security for four more years, the campaign said in a statement on Friday. (PTI)

18:27 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Post Office warns states across US about mail voting

The US Postal Service is warning states coast to coast that it cannot guarantee all ballots cast by mail for the November election will arrive in time to be counted, even if mailed by state deadlines, raising the possibility that millions of voters could be disenfranchised. Voters and lawmakers in several states are also complaining that some curbside mail collection boxes are being removed.

Even as President Donald Trump rails against widescale voting by mail, the post office is bracing for an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The warning letters sent to states raise the possibility that many Americans eligible for mail-in ballots this fall will not have them counted. But that is not the intent, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said in his own letter to Democratic congressional leaders. (AP)

18:15 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris formally file for Democratic nomination

Former US vice president Joe Biden and Indian-origin Senator Kamala Harris on Friday formally signed the required documents to get nominated as the presidential and vice-presidential candidates of the Democratic Party for the November 3 general elections.

Biden-Harris duo is posing a formidable challenge to Republican President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in the November presidential elections. "We're going to make this official, official," Biden told reporters as he was seated along with Harris in Wilmington, Delaware at desks with stacks of paper in front of them.

On Wednesday, 77-year-old Biden scripted history by selecting Harris, 55, as his running mate in the US presidential election.

Harris, whose father is an African from Jamaica and mother an Indian, is the first-ever Black vice-presidential nominee. (AP)

File- In this July 31, 2019, file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens as Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP)

Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the United States is all set to vote in the upcoming presidential elections due in November. The elections are seen as a direct contest between sitting US President and Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who was vice-president during the Barack Obama presidency.

Presumptive Democratic party presidential nominee Joe Biden named California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket and acknowledging the vital role Black voters will play in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump. He will today make his first appearance with Harris.

Following the development, former US president Barack Obama joined top Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, to praise Indian-American Senator Kamala Harris’ selection as the party’s vice presidential candidate in the November election, saying Joe Biden has “nailed this decision”.

Trump, like his fellow Republicans, offers tax reductions and regulatory cuts to fix the American economy. He has predicted that the US economy will rebound in the third and fourth quarters of this year.

On the other hand, Biden who became the Democratic presidential nominee after Bernie Sanders dropped out of the race on April 8, pitches for necessary actions required to avoid an extended recession or depression caused due to the pandemic. In his campaign, he has addressed the long-standing wealth inequality that disproportionately affects nonwhite Americans.

Further reading:

In Kamala Harris, a choice at once safe and energising

From policy to family: How the Kamala Harris nomination is relevant to India

After Kamala Harris’ nomination — Your mother would be proud: In Delhi, an uncle remembers

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