Transcript for President-elect Joe Biden vows to ‘restore the soul of America’
I. I don't for America's soul. Tens of the outgoing president. The man elected by the people to replace. Breaking news we can say that Joseph Robinette Biden junior is on track to win the state of Pennsylvania become the 46 president. The United States their visions of America as different as the men themselves. Contrast on full display today the world watched in horror when a mob of mostly white trump supporters. The president embracing them as patriots we love you. You're very special his successor calling them terrorists there were a riotous mob. Domestic terrorists it was nearly the same after Charlottesville when a white supremacist march turned into a deadly clash. President trump failing to denounce the torch. Very high people on both sides but there. Moment to driving invited to run for the highest office in the land. That's why today I am announcing my candidacy for president of the United States. We are in the battle for the soul whose mission. But the soul of the people shaken again last summer millions took to the streets when George Floyd who was killed and strangled under the Neil home plate. So. Protesters of all colors and backgrounds not only demanding justice but also forcing that nation to come fronted start. It's unfair and often racist who presents an in what ways. Fifteen deaths at George Floyd and Brit band aid off of Minneapolis and ripped a mandate off of the country but that it was not just inflicted guy police officers Internet moment it was inflicted over the course of hundreds. Of years. Worth you know intentional policy a large portion of the American population are often times excluded from that promise of America. And the idea of equal citizenship and equal democracy and freedom for all that fight for a fair and just country for people from all walks of life is not. New in nineteen fair to seven when a group of us from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. We'd show stars martyr or to save the soul of America. Nearly six decades later under not so different circumstances is Joseph Biden choosing that same number on track. This is a battle. For the soul of America. Who are weak Biden's plan to restore the soul of America has begun by forming one of the most diverse administrations in American history. Including choosing Karbala Harris says his running mate she becomes of course woman of color to hold the office of vice presidents. We're talking about bringing this country together and moving Florida batting I'd seen look or ask. It is gonna take all of us doing that he didn't and together no one cabinet secretary going to do that work. And on day one bite implants aside more than a dozen executive orders addressing big ticket campaign promises. Aimed at healing the wounds of racial injustice including dead disparate effect the co bid pandemic has had on communities of color. Whether we're talking about that wounds and I think that racial injustice that we're currently experiencing. It took a dark winter that weird scary thing at the country right now at the relates to the endemic. We have to try. Prior responsibilities prisoners we will be to represent the whole nation. I want to know. And I'll work as hard for those who voted against me as those who voted for me. That's the job but will the new president's approach be enough to heal the soul of America. What we're in the thick of things right now and it certainly looks dark. I think there is a late at the end of the tunnel and we are building towards a more democratic nation even as we have to go through this really violent process. Us now of the nation and the world waits to see if this process. Fulfills America's promise of he quality. And justice. Alex Perez ABC news in Chicago.
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