Biden to celebrate democracy in America in victory speech

President-elect Joseph R. Biden will celebrate democracy in the United States in his victory speech on Monday evening when he addresses the nation following the affirmation of his election victory by the electoral college.

“If anyone didn’t know it before, we know it now. What beats deep in the hearts of the American people is this: Democracy,” Biden is expected to say, according to excerpts of his remarks received by Today News Africa in Washington.

“The right to be heard. To have your vote counted. To choose the leaders of this nation. To govern ourselves. In America, politicians don’t take power — the people grant it to them.

“The flame of democracy was lit in this nation a long time ago. And we now know that nothing — not even a pandemic —or an abuse of power — can extinguish that flame,” Biden will say.

Biden will also say that “in this battle for the soul of America, democracy prevailed.”

“We the People voted. Faith in our institutions held. The integrity of our elections remains intact. And so, now it is time to turn the page. To unite. To heal.”

“As I said through this campaign, I will be a president for all Americans. I will work just as hard for those of you who didn’t vote for me, as I will for those who did,” Biden will say.

The President-elect will also address the coronavirus pandemic, and call for immediate economic help for Americans in need.

“There is urgent work in front of all of us. Getting the pandemic under control to getting the nation vaccinated against this virus. Delivering immediate economic help so badly needed by so many Americans who are hurting today —  and then building our economy back better than ever,” the President-elect will say.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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