Mumbai: Former United States Vice President Joe Biden has officially become the Democratic presidential candidate, officially securing the minimum number of delegates needed to secure the nomination in November, and all set for a tough fight with incumbent Donald Trump in November.
After securing the nomination, Biden tweeted: “Folks, tonight we secured the 1,991 delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination. I’m going to spend every day fighting to earn your vote so that, together, we can win the battle for the soul of this nation.”
Folks, tonight we secured the 1,991 delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination. I'm going to spend every day fighting to earn your vote so that, together, we can win the battle for the soul of this nation. https://t.co/sl3wFGabpg
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 6, 2020
Notably, 77-year-old Biden was the vice president of Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, for two consecutive terms from 2009-2017. If he wins the presidential election, he will be sworn in in January 2021 and will be the 46th and oldest president.
In securing the nomination, he surpassed the likes of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, commenting in a statement that it was an honor to compete with one of the most talented groups of Democratic party has ever fielded and I am proud to say that we are going into this general election a united party.’
The November election, in particular, will come against the backdrop of high coronavirus figures in the US, where the country currently has the highest number of cases and deaths due to infections of Chinese origin. In recent times, there has also been widespread unrest over the killing of 46-year-old George Floyd in African-American police custody.