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Demconvention.com: Beau Biden nominates his father for second term
Beau Biden, Delaware’s Attorney General and son of Vice President Joe Biden, emphasized the Democratic ticket’s “shared commitment to take care of our veterans” in his nomination speech Thursday evening at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. The assembled delegates then proceeded to re-nominate the Vice President by acclamation.
The younger Biden, a Delaware Army National Guard member who has served in Iraq, told convention-goers that of all the promises his father and President Obama have kept, the most important to him are those made “to a group of people close to my heart, my brothers and sisters in uniform.”
Biden hailed his father’s “more than three decades of experience, respect, and goodwill to help move vital legislation…. I’ve watched him strengthen relationships with our allies and stare down our adversaries. I’ve seen him make quiet visits to veterans’ hospitals and private phone calls to the families of first responders killed in the line of duty.”
But for him, the most memorable moment of the last four years happened behind the scenes. ”It took place in Iraq, at Camp Victory, where I was stationed. It was the Fourth of July, in 2009. My father was there on an unannounced visit to salute our troops…. I watched as he led a naturalization ceremony in one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces for a couple hundred men and women from all branches of our military,” he recalled.
“As he led those new Americans through the oath of citizenship, this celebration of democracy in the land of a deposed dictator, I was struck by the strength and diversity of our country. I was reminded why we as a nation are stronger when everybody has a chance to do their part. And I was reminded of everything President Obama and my father have done to guarantee that chance.”
The president and vice president have been there for the country for the past four years, he said. “Yes, we have miles to go before we sleep, but Barack Obama and Joe Biden are leading the way forward,” he said.
North Carolina Delegate Thomas Walker was thrilled to re-nominate Vice President Biden, “I see him as a realist who cuts through the politics, giving Obama a balance; which gives the people a balance.” Walker adds, “They make a great team because of the promise they share to the people.”