A Research Guide for Students by I Lee

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris

Historic Victory Speech, Wilmington, Delaware
Videos and Full Text - November 7, 2020

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Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris
Victory Speech in Wilmington, Delaware
November 7, 2020
Image source: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Speeches by Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Kamala Harris, and Joe Biden in the Research Guide:
  1   Obama's Victory Speech 4 Nov. 2008
  2   Obama's Inaugural Address 20 Jan. 2009
  3   Obama's Cairo Egypt Speech 4 June 2009
  4   Obama's Moscow Speech 7 July 2009
  5   Obama's Eulogy for Ted Kennedy 29 Aug. 2009
  6   Obama's Speech at United Nations General Assembly 23 Sept. 2009
  7   Obama's Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech, Oslo, Norway 10 Dec. 2009
  8   Obama's Arizona Memorial Speech, Tucson AZ, 12 Jan. 2011
  9   Obama's Speech on the Death of Osama bin Laden 1 May 2011
10   Obama's Speech on Middle East and North Africa 19 May 2011
11   Obama's Victory Speech 6 Nov. 2012
12   Obama's Myanmar Speech 19 Nov. 2012
13   Obama's Second Inaugural Address 21 Jan. 2013
14   Obama's State of the Union Address 12 Feb. 2013
15   Obama's Eulogy for Nelson Mandela 10 Dec. 2013
16   Obama's State of the Union Address 28 Jan. 2014
17   Obama's Speech in Ottawa, Canada 29 June 2016
18   Trump's Nevada Victory Speech 24 Feb 2016
19   Trump's Inaugural Speech 20 Jan 2017
20   Trump's 9/11 Memorial Remarks 11 Sep 2018
21   VP-Elect Kamala Harris Victory Speech 7 Nov. 2020
22   President-Elect Joe Biden Victory Speech 7 Nov. 2020

Videos:

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris delivers speech ahead of Joe Biden. YouTube video, 11:35 min. Published by ABC News, 7 Nov. 2020. "You delivered a clear message, you chose hope," the senator said. "Dream with ambition. Lead with conviction. And see yourselves in a way that others may not simply because they've never seen it before. But know that we will applaud you every step of the way."

Watch Kamala Harris' full victory speech. YouTube video, 10:09 min. Published by CNN, Nov. 7, 2020. "Vice President-elect Kamala Harris delivered her first national address after American voters chose her running mate Joe Biden as the country's 46th president. Harris is America's first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president-elect."

Kamala Harris's historic victory speech in full: 'You chose truth'. YouTube video, 10:49 min. Published by Guardian News, Nov. 7, 2020. "Kamala Harris, the first Black woman and first South Asian American woman to become vice-president-elect, began her victory speech by quoting the late congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis, who said, 'Democracy is not a state, it is an act.'"

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Full Victory Speeches | WSJ. YouTube video, 37:30 min. Published by Wall Street Journal, Nov. 7, 2020. "Watch the full speeches of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris after winning the 2020 presidential election."

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Read Kamala Harris's Vice President-Elect Acceptance Speech by Matt Stevens, New York Times, Nov. 8, 2020. "Kamala Harris, the first woman, the first Black woman, and the first woman of Indian heritage to be elected vice president, said Saturday that 'a new day for America' had arrived and thanked Americans for making their voices heard in a brief speech on Saturday night, hours after she and Joseph R. Biden Jr. had been declared the winners of the 2020 presidential election.

In her historic remarks, Ms. Harris recalled her mother, an immigrant who came to California as a teenager.

'She maybe didn't quite imagine this moment,' Ms. Harris said of her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris. 'But she believed so deeply in an America where a moment like this is possible, and so I am thinking about her and about the generations of women, Black women, Asian, white, Latina, Native American women - who throughout our nation's history have paved the way for this moment tonight - women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality and liberty and justice for all.'"

US elections 2020 - 'This is a country of possibilities': Kamala Harris's speech in full from The Guardian, 7 Nov. 2020."The first woman to be elected vice president of the US says she won't be the last".

Kamala Harris Celebrates Historic Vice President Win in Inspiring Post-Election Message: Her Full Speech by Liz Calvario, ET,‍ 6:08 PM PST, November 7, 2020.

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Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris's Victory Speech, 7 November 2020:

8:15 PM PST, November 7, 2020 ~ From Kamala Harris Celebrates Historic Vice President Win in Inspiring Post-Election Message: Her Full Speech by Liz Calvario,‍ November 7, 2020, ET.

VICE PRESIDENT ELECT KAMALA HARRIS:

"Good evening! Good evening. Good evening. Good evening. Thank you, thank you. Good evening. So, thank you, good evening. So, Congressman John Lewis -- Congressman John Lewis before his passing wrote "Democracy is not a state, it is an act." And what he meant was that America's democracy is not guaranteed.

It is only as strong as our willingness to fight for it. To guard it and never take it for granted. And protecting our democracy takes struggle. It takes sacrifice. But there is joy in it.

And there is progress. Because we, the people, have the power to build a better future.

And when our very democracy was on the ballot in this election with the very soul of America at stake and the world watching, you ushered in a new day for America. To our campaign staff and volunteers, this extraordinary team, thank you for bringing more people than ever before into the democratic process.

And so making this victory possible. To the poll workers and election officials across our country who have worked tirelessly to make sure every vote is counted, our nation owes you a debt of gratitude.

You have protected the integrity of our democracy. And to the American people who make up our beautiful country, thank you for turning out in record numbers to make your voices heard. And I know times have been challenging, especially the last several months.

The grief, sorrow, and pain, the worries and the struggles, but we have also witnessed your courage, your resilience and the generosity of your spirit. For four years, you marched and organized for equality and justice, for our lives and for our planet and then you voted!

And you delivered a clear message. You chose hope and unity, decency, science, and yes, truth! You chose Joe Biden as the next president of the United States of America!

And Joe is a healer, a uniter, a tested and steady hand. A person whose own experience of loss gives him a sense of purpose that will help us as a nation reclaim our own sense of purpose. And a man with a big heart who loves with abandon. It's his love for Jill, who will be an incredible first lady.

It's his love for Hunter and Ashley and his grandchildren and the entire Biden family. And while I first knew Joe as vice president, I really got to know him as the father who loved Beau, my dear friend who we remember here today.

And to my husband Doug and our children Cole and Ella and my sister Maya and our whole family, I love y'all more than I can ever express. We are so grateful to Joe and Jill for welcoming our family into theirs on this incredible journey. And to the woman most responsible for my presence here today, my mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who is always in our hearts. When she came here from India at the age of 19, she maybe didn't quite imagine this moment.

But she believed so deeply in an America where a moment like this is possible, and so I am thinking about her and about the generations of women, Black women, Asian, white, Latina, Native American women, who throughout our nation's history, have paved the way for this moment tonight, women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality and liberty and justice for all. Including the Black women who are often, too often overlooked but so often proved they are the backbone of our democracy.

All the women who have worked to secure and protect the right to vote for over a century 100 years ago with the 19th Amendment, 55 years ago with the Voting Rights Act and now in 2020 with a new generation of women in our country who cast their ballots and continued the fight for their fundamental right to vote and be heard.

Tonight, I reflect on their struggle, their determination and the strength of their vision to see what can be unburdened by what has been. And I stand on their shoulders. And what a testament it is to Joe's character that he had the audacity to break one of the most substantial barriers that exists in our country and select a woman as his vice president.

But while I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last. Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities and to the children of our country regardless of your gender, our country has sent you a clear message: Dream with ambition, lead with conviction and see yourselves in a way that others may not simply because they've never seen it before.

But know that we will applaud you every step of the way. And to the American people, no matter who you voted for, I will strive to be a vice president like Joe was to President Obama: loyal, honest, and prepared; waking up every day thinking of you and your family, because now is when the real work begins, the hard work, the necessary work, the good work, the essential work to save lives and beat this epidemic.

To rebuild our economy so it works for working people, to root out systemic racism in our justice system and society. To combat the climate crisis, to unite our country and heal the soul of our nation. And the road ahead will not be easy. But America is ready. And so are Joe and I.

We have elected a president who represents the best in us, a leader the world will respect and our children will look up to. A commander in chief who will respect our troops and keep our country safe and a president for all Americans.

It is now my great honor to introduce the president-elect of the United States of America, Joe Biden."

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