Joe Biden Delivers Inspiring Speech on Last Night of DNC

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By KCBS All News 106.9FM and 740AM

Maybe he benefited from low expectations, but Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden rose to the occasion on the final night of the Democratic National Convention delivering a passionate, empathetic speech with quiet strength instead of angry oratory, according to KCBS Radio political reporter Doug Sovern. 

But he noted some more ordinary American—some of them much too young to vote—almost stole Biden’s show.

The Democrats emphasized faith, the military service and the steady compassion of their nominee on the convention’s closing night, but they made room for a hasty, improvised cell phone video from California Governor Gavin Newsom, too. He had to ditch his original segment and checked in instead from a wildfire evacuation center near Watsonville.

“Climate change is real,” he said in the video. “If you’re in denial about climate change, come to California.”

Climate change is real – and it’s not going away. We need a president who will take bold action to address it.#DemConvention pic.twitter.com/F3myrxnYFh

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Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry and his wife Ayesha Curry were late additions to the conventions’ roster, too, who endorsed Biden in a charming video featuring their irrepressibly adorable daughters.

It's too bad Riley and Ryan can't vote – but we're so grateful to have the Curry family with us in the fight to elect @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris!#DemConvention pic.twitter.com/aC6TIq96ZA

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Meanwhile, 13-year-old Brayden Harrington stole America’s hearts with his story of how Biden, who suffers from a stutter, helped him overcome his.

“He showed me how he marks his addresses to make them easier to say out loud, so I did the same thing today,” Harrington said, flashing to the camera his prepared and marked up speech.

“I’m just a regular kid, and in a short amount of time, Joe Biden made me more confident about something that’s bothered me my whole life. Joe Biden cared.”– Brayden Harrington#DemConvention pic.twitter.com/KoPprXXwCQ

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Biden delivered his acceptance speech quietly and straight into the camera, rather than shouting at an arena full of delegates. The virtual setup suited Biden, who promised to lead the country into light instead of darkness, and added that this is not a partisan moment, but an American one.

“Character is on the ballot,” Biden said. “Compassion is on the ballot, decency, science, democracy. They’re all on the ballot.”

And now so are Biden and Kamala Harris, embarking on a 75-day socially distanced, coronavirus-hampered campaign, that Biden said is to take back the soul of America.

This election is about winning back the heart and soul of America.November 3rd.https://t.co/OWc0zxtWBy pic.twitter.com/pbfT13vXZc

— 2020 #DemConvention ---- (@DemConvention) August 21, 2020