Transcript for Joe Biden releases video announcing 2020 presidential run
Charlottesville Virginia. His home studio through one of the great documents and we. We knew my heart. We hold these truths to be self evident. That all men are created equal pinned down by their creator re certain inalienable rights. We've heard so often it's almost a cliche but it's who we are far. We haven't always lived up to these ideals. Jefferson himself to. We have never before walked away from. Charles who is also home to a defining moment. This nation in the last few years. Obviously try selling. Team resource Klansmen white supremacist and neo Nazis come O'Neill. For Cruz faces. Redefined torture of millions hold you and during the francs from racism. In this scene anti cementing while heard crusher. Can remember I courageous group of Americans. Violent clash and soon. And a brave young woman lost her life. And that's when we heard the words to trade United States and stunned the world and shocked the conscience of this nation. She said there weren't home some very fine people on both sides and Jerry find people on both sides. Those words. To present United States. Signed a moral equivalence between Jones spreading hate and those who have the courage to stand against it. And at that moment. I'm new threat to this nation. Was unlike any I have ever seen in my lifetime. Growers to tonton. Stewart in the battle for the soul of this nation. That's even more true today we are in the battle for the soul this nation. I believe history will look back. I'm forty years or this president. Raleigh embraces this as an aberrant moment in time. And if we give Donald Trump three years in the White House. You'll forever and fundamentally. Alter the character of this nation. We are and I cannot stand by and one cent after. Core values of this nation. Are staying in the world. Our very democracy and everything has made America Americans has stake. That's why today I'm announcing my candidacy for president of the United States. Folks America tonight. It gives hope to the most desperate people on earth he guarantees and everyone is treated with dignity and kids heat no safe harbor. He stills and every person in this country the belief that no matter where you start. In life. There's nothing you can achieve if you were cast. Faster we believe. And above all else that's what's at stake in this election and we can't forget what happened in Charlottesville. Even more important we have to remember. We are this is America.
This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate.