Joe Biden
Joe Biden
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Washington: Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday (local time) officially became the 2020 presidential nominee for the Democratic Party.

Biden became the party's nominee to challenge President Donald Trump after a roll call vote spanning 50 states and seven territories, CNN reported.

The 77-year-old Biden appeared live on screen for the first time in the Democratic National Convention, which is currently underway, after his home state of Delaware delivered the final delegates in his favour.

Biden and his wife Jill Biden appeared on the live screen and his grandchildren shot celebratory streamers after the announcement was made.

In a tweet earlier today, Biden said, "It is the honour of my life to accept the Democratic Party's nomination for President of the United States of America."

"Thank you all from the bottom of my heart from my family and I will see you on Thursday," Biden was quoted by CNN as saying while referring to his upcoming speech to close the convention.

Speaking about his wife Jill, Joe said, "Jill loves fiercely, cares deeply, and nothing stops her when she sets her mind to making something right. For all of you across the country, just think of your favorite educator who gave you the confidence to believe in yourself. That’s the kind of First Lady Jill will be."

Biden also urged people to register to vote, saying, "We're in a battle for the soul of this nation. Who we are, what we stand for, and who we want to be — it's all at stake. We've got to beat Donald Trump."

"America is an idea stronger than any army and bigger than any ocean. It’s more powerful than any dictator or tyrant. It offers hope," he said in another tweet.

Last week, Biden picked Kamala Harris as his running mate, with the latter being the first African-American and Indian-American woman to be nominated on a major party ticket.

The presidential election is scheduled to be held on November 3.

(With ANI inputs)

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