LIVE – US elections 2020: Joe Biden pledges to be “a president who brings people together”



► 7:15 a.m .: The first Biden effect? Washington Champagne Rush

Joe Biden’s election announcement on Saturday sparked a scramble for champagne bottles in Washington, and some stores were already close to running out of stock in the U.S. capital, a Democratic stronghold.

Calvert and Woodley, famous for its wine shelves around the world on Connecticut Avenue, sold 70 to 75% more bottles than a usual Saturday, according to a store official. At Magruder’s, a wine merchant in the residential district of Chevy Chase since 1845, the shelves were emptied at full speed and vendors had to fetch cases of champagne in reserve.

► 7:00 a.m .: Barely elected, Joe Biden announces that he will set up a Covid-19 crisis unit on Monday

In his very first speech after the announcement of the presidential results in Wilmington (Delaware), Democrat Joe Biden declared that this future crisis cell, made up of scientists and experts, would be responsible for building a “Plan which will come into force on January 20, 2021”, the day of his inauguration. He thus takes the opposite view from his rival Donald Trump, who has always minimized the coronavirus pandemic.

The country, already the most affected in the world, is facing a marked increase in the epidemic, with record numbers of new contaminations for several days. The United States has recorded over 122,000 new positive cases and 991 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to more than 237,000.

► 6:50 a.m .: After the election of Joe Biden, reactions around the world

Many leaders around the world have praised Joe Biden. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the Democratic leader “Great friend of Israel”. “I congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on their victory. Venezuela (…) will always be ready for dialogue and good understanding with the people and government of the United States ”, tweeted the Venezuelan socialist president Nicolas Maduro.

The head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, and the President of the European Council Charles Michel congratulated Joe Biden, insisting on the will of the EU to rebuild with the United States a “Strong partnership” after a conflicted relationship under Donald Trump’s tenure. Emmanuel Macron congratulated Joe Biden and called on him to act ” together “ for “Meet the challenges of today”

► 6:30 am: Kamala Harris, first woman vice-president, assures us that she will not be “the last”

On stage alongside Joe Biden, new president’s running mate Kamala Harris paid tribute on Saturday to the generations of women who have “Paved the way” to her election, assuring that she would not “Not the last”. After paying homage to his mother, Kama Harris greeted those “Who sacrificed so much for equality, freedom and justice for all, including black women, whom we too often look down on, but who so often prove that they are the backbone of our democracy”.

Kamala Harris, who multiplied the “Firsts” by becoming attorney general of California then senator from South Asia, recalled the long struggle of women for the right to vote. She also paid tribute to “Daring” by Joe Biden who has “Broken one of the most important barriers” of American society by choosing her as vice-president.

“I will not be the last”, she promised, “Because every little girl who looks tonight sees that it is a country of all possibilities”.

► 6:00 am: “I pledge to be a president who unites and not who divides”

Hours after the election results and in front of a cheering crowd, Joe Biden gave a fiery speech in his Delaware home. “I pledge to be a president who unites and not who divides”, he launched, by thanking the American voters for having offered him a “Convincing victory”.

It is “Time to heal” America, he said in front of hundreds of supporters. “Let’s see, let’s talk”, “Let’s give ourselves a chance”, he insisted. “I campaigned to restore the soul of America, to rebuild the backbone of this nation, the middle class, and to have America respected in the world again”, said the president-elect. Without a word for his opponent, Joe Biden said he understood the ” disappointment “ voters of Donald Trump, who refuses to admit defeat. “I will work as hard for those who did not vote for me, as for those who chose me”, he still promised.

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Welcome to this live on the American presidential election, on the fifth day after the Americans vote.

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