August 19, 2020 at 6:37 PM EDT
Harris to describe nation at ‘an inflection point’
Harris plans to emphasize unity and inclusion in her convention speech Wednesday night and will describe the nation as facing “an inflection point” as the election nears.
“The constant chaos leaves us adrift. The incompetence makes us feel afraid. The callousness makes us feel alone. It’s a lot,” she will say, according to remarks as prepared for delivery. “And here’s the thing: We can do better and deserve so much more.”
During the 11-plus months of her presidential campaign, Harris often referenced that “inflection point,” suggesting that the 2020 election will influence the nation’s course for decades. In her speech Wednesday night, Harris plans to point to Joe Biden as the candidate who will place the nation on a path toward more widespread equality, and point to her upbringing as instilling similar priorities in her.
“[I am] committed to the values [my mother] taught me, to the word that teaches me to walk by faith, and not by sight, and to a vision passed on through generations of Americans — one that Joe Biden shares. A vision of our nation as a beloved community — where all are welcome, no matter what we look like, where we come from, or who we love. A country where we may not agree on every detail, but we are united by the fundamental belief that every human being is of infinite worth, deserving of compassion, dignity and respect,” she plans to say.
“A country where we look out for one another, where we rise and fall as one, where we face our challenges, and celebrate our triumphs. Together. Today, that country feels distant.”
Harris, who has cast herself as a candidate who can bring a prosecutor’s edge to the ticket tasked with making a case against President Trump, will also attack his record.
“Donald Trump’s failure of leadership has cost lives and livelihoods,” she plans to say.
“Right now, we have a president who turns our tragedies into political weapons. Joe will be a president who turns our challenges into purpose.”
By Colby Itkowitz and Chelsea Janes
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