Perspectives: Biden's DNC Acceptance Speech

Headline Roundup August 21st, 2020

Joe Biden formally accepted the Democratic Party's 2020 presidential nomination Thursday in a speech to cap off the four-day Democratic National Convention (DNC). The speech touched on the importance of unity, criticism of President Donald Trump, and "four historic crises" happening now: the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, the deepest economic recession since the Great Depression, climate change and "the most compelling call for racial justice since the 60’s." Read a transcript of Biden's speech from NPR.org.

Many left-rated voices framed the speech as a success, painting Biden as the "man for the moment" and praising his stated focus on unity. Some right-rated voices noted the speech's "political effectiveness", while also accusing Biden of discrepancies between his speech's message, and his political record and overall 2020 platform.

Perspectives: Biden's DNC Acceptance Speech

From the Center
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After a 2020 presidential campaign dominated by President Donald Trump’s words and actions, Biden on Thursday rose to the level of a true adversary as he accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for the November election.

Accused by the Republican Trump of hiding in his basement throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Biden turned his opponent’s narrative to his advantage on the final night of the Democratic National Convention, delivering an austere address in a quiet room that some commentators, both left and right, likened to a speech from the Oval Office, not...

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From the Right
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OPINION

In his third run for president, Joe Biden finally secured the Democratic presidential nomination and opened his Thursday night acceptance speech on a unifying note.

“I'm a proud Democrat,” Biden said. “And I'll be proud to carry the banner of our party into the general election ... But while I'll be a Democratic candidate, I will be an American president. I'll work hard for those who didn't support me — as hard for them as I did for those who did vote for me.”

He continued, “That's the job of...

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From the Left
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OPINION

In accepting the Democratic presidential nomination, Joe Biden decisively debunked the accusation by President Trump that he is “sleepy” or mentally impaired. His speech may not have been soaring oratory, but it was a self-assured and sobering address. It combined a withering indictment of the man he referred to disdainfully as “the current occupant of the White House” with a promise to “choose hope over fear, facts over fiction, fairness over privilege.”

Biden’s overarching emphasis was on the urgency of replacing a president who has “cloaked America in darkness for...

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