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. …
On Friday morning, I attended the memorial service of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the U.S. Capitol.
She was the first woman in our history to lie in state.
I sat a few feet away from her flag-draped casket to pay my respects.
It was somber and personal.
And it was an extraordinary moment for me — as I’m sure it was for you and millions of Americans, and people around the world who felt a connection with her.
It was sad because we lost a giant not only of the Court, but of American life.
It was a celebration. …
On this eve of the 57th March on Washington, I will speak about the recent events in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The wildfires raging across the California coast to the Rocky Mountains. The storm which is working its way through Texas, Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.
And most of all — about who we are as a country.
We are a nation that, at its best, loves, protects, and helps our fellow Americans.
Today, we see pain, hurt, and destruction in the ashes of wildfires and the damage of Hurricane Laura.
We encourage everyone to continue following guidance from your local authorities to stay safe. …
It is truly an honor to be speaking with you.
That I am here tonight is a testament to the dedication of generations before me. Women and men who believed so fiercely in the promise of equality, liberty, and justice for all.
This week marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. And we celebrate the women who fought for that right.
Yet so many of the Black women who helped secure that victory were still prohibited from voting, long after its ratification.
But they were undeterred.
Without fanfare or recognition, they organized, testified, rallied, marched and fought — not just for their vote, but for a seat at the table. These women and the generations that followed worked to make democracy and opportunity real in the lives of all of us who followed. …
I am coming to you today with some big news: I’m honored to join Joe Biden in the fight for the soul of our country as the Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee. Joe is a leader who can unify the American people, because he’s spent his life fighting for the American people. And as president, he will build an America that lives up to our ideals.
My mom and dad, like so many other immigrants, came to this country for an education. My mother from India and my dad from Jamaica. And the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s brought them together. …
I just announced a bill with my friend Cory Booker and the Congressional Black Caucus to hold police accountable for misconduct.
It’s called the Justice in Policing Act and it’s a step we can take on the federal level to hold police accountable as part of a broader solution.
We must also re-imagine public safety at the state and local level. For cities that often spending more than one third of their budget on policing, we must take a hard look at whether some of those resources should be reallocated towards jobs, education, and health care.
My Justice in Policing Act…
Breonna Taylor would have turned 27 today.
Instead, the officers who murdered her nearly three months ago still have not been charged.
Breonna should still be alive, and the officers who murdered her should be held accountable.
When I look at Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery, I see my family.
What happened to them could just have easily happened to the people I love. It’s a painful reality that Black people across our nation have to confront every single day.
That pain is being expressed in states from coast to coast right now. And like the Reverend Al Sharpton said, we are standing up in George, Ahmaud, and Breonna’s names and saying get your knee off our necks. …
America is in pain right now, because George Floyd shouldn’t be dead. But he is dead, and Black blood stains the sidewalks of America.
We are talking about a mother’s child. People are in pain. We must listen.
It’s happening throughout our country, and it’s been happening for generations.
That’s why I went and marched peacefully with the protesters in Washington, DC yesterday. We all must do what we can to demand justice and accountability.
I stand with those protesting George Floyd’s murder and recognize the crucial importance of fighting police brutality, demanding racial justice, and dismantling the very systems that lead to these injustices. …
We are fighting for the soul of our nation. Together we can vote in Democratic candidates up and down the ballot who will lift up and represent our communities in need.
Josh Becker, California State Senate District 13
Charlotte Bland, Pasadena City Council District 4
Chris Bubser, US Congressional District CA-08
Connie Chan, California District 1 Supervisor
Jim Costa, US Congressional District CA-16
Kevin De León, Los Angeles City Council District 14
Audrey Denney, US Congressional District CA-01
Susan Eggman, California State Senate District 5
Josh Harder, US Congressional District CA-10
Sydney Kamlager, California State Assembly District 54
Brynne Kennedy, US Congressional District…