Transcript for Vice President-elect Kamala Harris delivers speech ahead of Joe Biden
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To the poll workers and election officials across Arab country. Who have worked tirelessly to make sure every vote is counted. Our nation owes you a debt of gratitude. You have protected. The integrity about democracy. And choose the American people. Who make up our beautiful country. Thank you for turning out in record numbers to make your voices heard. Ahead. And I know times have been challenging. Especially the last several months. Degrees. Sorrow. And pain. The worries and the struggles. But we have also witnessed. Your courage. Your resilience. And generosity of your spirit. For four years. You marched. And organized. For equality and justice. For our lives. And for our planet. And then it you voted. A. And you delivered a clear message. You chose. Hope. And unity. Decency. Science. And yes I screwed. It. Shall lose Joseph Biden and the next president. Bit happy and I. Okay. And still is a healer. A uniter. Eight tested and steady hand. A person whose own experience of blondes gives him a sense of purpose that will help us as being nation. We claim our own sense of purpose. And demand with a big heart who loves with abandon. It's his love for Jill. Will be an incredible First Lady. Thrust hunter and Ashley and his grandchildren and the entire. Sam lane. And and Lila I personally joke as vice president I really got to know him. As the father who loves. My dear friend who we remember here today. And to my husband. I. And I still being closed and Ella and my sister my dad and our whole family. I love young women I can ever ex friends. We are so grateful to challenge him for welcoming our family into the fares on this incredible journey. And to the woman most responsible for my presence here today my mother summer logo pollen Harris. Was always and I. Am. When she came here from India at age nineteen. She maybe. Didn't quite imagined this moment. But she believes so deeply. An America where a moment like this is possible. And so I am thinking about her and about the generations of women. Black women. Native and. Soon history. Paved the way for this moment tonight. Women who fought and sacrificed. So much. For you quality. And liberty. And justice for all. Including the black women who are often too often overlooked that so often prove they are the backbone. About democracy. All of the women. Who had worked. To secure and protect the right to vote for over a century. 100 years ago with the nineteenth amendment. 55 years ago that the voting rights act and now it's money to money with the new generation of women. In our country who cast their ballots and continued the fight but their fundamental right to vote and be her. Tonight I reflect on their struggle. There determination. And the strength of their vision. To see what can be. Unburdened. By what has been. And I stand on their shoulders. And what it tested candidates. Did shows care to. That he had the audacity. To break one of the most substantial bay areas that exists in our country and select a woman as his vice. But while I may be the first woman in this office I will not be the Lance. And I. Because. Every little girl watching tonight. Sees that this. Is a country of possibilities. And to the children. Of our country. Regardless of your gender. Our country has sent you a clear message. Dream with ambitions. Lead with conviction. And seal ourselves in a way that others may not. Simply because they've never seen it before. But know that we will applaud you every step of the way. And since the American people. No matter who you voted for. I was strive to be a vice president. Like Joseph was to President Obama. Loyal. Honest and prepared. Waking up every day thinking of you and your family. Because now is when the real work begins the hard work than necessary were the good work. The essential work to save lives and beat this epidemic. To rebuild our economy so what works for working people to root out systemic racism in our justice system and society. Back the climate crisis. To unite our country and heal the soul of our nation. Okay. And the road ahead it will not be easy. But America. Is ready. And so are Joseph and I. We have elected a president. Who represents the best in us. A leader in the world will respect. And our children will look up to. The commander in chief will respect our troops and keep our country safe. And Dave president. For all Americans.
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