Good night.

Congressman John Lewis, earlier than his passing, wrote: “Democracy shouldn’t be a state. It’s an act.”

And what he meant was that America’s democracy shouldn’t be assured.

It is just as sturdy as our willingness to battle for it, to protect it and by no means take it with no consideration.

And defending our democracy takes battle.

It takes sacrifice. There may be pleasure in it and there’s progress.

As a result of We The Folks have the ability to construct a greater future.

And when our very democracy was on the poll on this election, with the very soul of America at stake, and the world watching, you ushered in a brand new day for America.

To our marketing campaign employees and volunteers, this extraordinary group — thanks for bringing extra folks than ever earlier than into the democratic course of and for making this victory attainable.

To the ballot staff and election officers throughout our nation who’ve labored tirelessly to verify each vote is counted — our nation owes you a debt of gratitude as you may have protected the integrity of our democracy.

And to the American individuals who make up our stunning nation — thanks for turning out in file numbers to make your voices heard.

I do know instances have been difficult, particularly the final a number of months.

The grief, sorrow, and ache. The troubles and the struggles.

However we have additionally witnessed your braveness, your resilience, and the generosity of your spirit.

For four years, you marched and arranged for equality and justice, for our lives, and for our planet.

After which, you voted. You delivered a transparent message.

You selected hope, unity, decency, science, and, sure, reality.

You selected Joe Biden as the subsequent President of america of America.

Joe is a healer. A uniter. A examined and regular hand.

An individual whose personal expertise of loss provides him a way of objective that may assist us, as a nation, reclaim our personal sense of objective.

And a person with a giant coronary heart who loves with abandon.

It is his love for Jill, who will probably be an unimaginable First Woman.

It is his love for Hunter, Ashley, his grandchildren, and your complete Biden household.

And whereas I first knew Joe as Vice President, I actually received to know him as the daddy who cherished Beau, my pricey pal, who we bear in mind right here in the present day.

To my husband Doug, our kids Cole and Ella, my sister Maya, and our complete household — I like you all greater than I can categorical.

We’re so grateful to Joe and Jill for welcoming our household into theirs on this unimaginable journey.

And to the lady most liable for my presence right here in the present day — my mom, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who’s all the time in our hearts.

When she got here right here from India on the age of 19, possibly she did not fairly think about this second.

However she believed so deeply in an America the place a second like that is attainable.

So, I am fascinated by her and concerning the generations of ladies — Black Ladies.

Asian, White, Latina, and Native American ladies all through our nation’s historical past who’ve paved the best way for this second tonight.

Ladies who fought and sacrificed a lot for equality, liberty, and justice for all, together with the Black ladies, who’re too usually neglected, however so usually Show that they’re the spine of our democracy.

All of the Ladies who labored to safe and defend the best to vote for over a century: 100 years in the past with the 19th Modification, 55 years in the past with the Voting Rights Act, and now, in 2020, with a brand new era of ladies in our nation who forged their ballots and continued the battle for his or her elementary proper to vote and be heard.

Tonight, I mirror on their battle, their willpower and the power of their imaginative and prescient — to see what may be unburdened by what has been — I stand on their shoulders.

And what a testomony it’s to Joe’s character that he had the audacity to interrupt one of the substantial limitations that exists in our nation and choose a lady as his Vice President.

However whereas I often is the first lady on this workplace, I will not be the final.

As a result of each little lady watching tonight sees that it is a nation of potentialities.

And to the kids of our nation, no matter your gender, our nation has despatched you a transparent message:

Dream with ambition, lead with conviction, and see your self in a means that others won’t see you, just because they’ve by no means seen it earlier than.

And we are going to applaud you each step of the best way.

To the American folks:

Irrespective of who you voted for, I’ll attempt to be the Vice President that Joe was to President Obama — loyal, sincere, and ready, waking up day by day pondering of you and your households. As a result of now’s when the actual work begins.

The Exhausting work. The Obligatory work. The Good work.

The important work to save lots of lives and beat this pandemic.

To rebuild our financial system so it really works for working folks.

To root out systemic racism in our justice system and society.

To fight the local weather disaster.

To unite our nation and heal the soul of our nation.

The highway forward is not going to be simple.

However America is prepared. And so are Joe and I.

We now have elected a president who represents the very best in us.

A frontrunner the world will respect and our kids can look as much as.

A Commander in Chief who will respect our troops and maintain our nation protected.

And a President for all People.

It’s now my nice honor to introduce the President-elect of america of America, Joe Biden.