Joe Biden Says ‘It’s Time for Our Better Angels to Prevail’ as He and Harris Address the Nation Live: WATCH

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris addressed the nation for the first time since being declared President and Vice-President elect on Saturday night.

The New York Times reports, “Forty-eight years to the day after he was elected to represent Delaware in the Senate at the age of 29, Joseph R. Biden Jr. will speak to the nation for the first time as president-elect on Saturday night. His appearance in his hometown was a triumphant moment in a career that spanned 36 years in the Senate, eight years as vice president and three presidential bids. On Saturday, Mr. Biden was expected to offer a message of national unity and a promise to soothe the extraordinary divisions that defined the last four years in American politics. He was also expected to chart a vision for navigating a series of crises that have gripped the country in recent months. Mr. Biden was slated to speak at 8 p.m. Eastern from a flag-bedecked outdoor stage near the Chase Center on the Riverfront, an event center in Wilmington. He was set to be joined by his wife, Jill Biden, as well as the vice president-elect, Senator Kamala Harris, and her husband, Douglas Emhoff.”

Harris appeared first to speak, walking out to the sound of Mary J. Blige’s “Work That.”

Harris said, “While I’ll be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last.”

Both candidates addressed the Coronavirus pandemic first and foremost as they focused on the challenges ahead. “On Monday I will name a group of leading scientists and experts as transition advisers,” Biden said. “I will spare no effort, none, or any commitment to turn around this pandemic.”

Among other things, Biden also said, “I’m proud of the coalition we put together the broadest and most diverse coalition in history,” he said. “Democrats, Republicans, independents, progressives, moderates, conservatives, young, old, urban, suburban, rural, gay, straight, transgender, white, Latino, Asian, Native Americans. I mean it.”

He noted that he couldn’t have gotten to where he is without the votes of Black Americans. “Especially at those moments when this campaign was at its lowest ebb,” he said, “the African American community stood up again for me.”

“The people of this nation have spoken. They’ve delivered us a convincing victory. A clear victory,” Biden said.

Echoing the introductory speech by his running-mate and cice-President elect Kamala Harris, Biden pledges to be a president for all Americans, including the 70 million people who voted to re-elect Donald Trump.

“I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide but to unify,” Biden said.

Watch it below.