Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has issued a sweeping call for national unity, using a picturesque, symbolic backdrop of the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War to warn that the U.S. again is "in a dangerous place." (Oct. 6)
JOE BIDEN: Thank you all--
- Hi, Joe.
JOE BIDEN: --for being here.
- Hi, Joe!
JOE BIDEN: As I look across America today, I'm concerned. The country is in a dangerous place. Our trust in each other is ebbing. Hope seems elusive.
Too many Americans see our public life not as an arena for mediation of our differences, but rather they see it as an occasion for total, unrelenting partisan warfare. Instead of treating each other's party as the opposition, we treat them as the enemy. This must end.
We need to revive the spirit of bipartisanship in this country, a spirit of being able to work with one another. When I say that, and I've been saying it for two years now, I'm accused of being naive. I'm told, maybe that that's the way things used to work, Joe, but they can't work that way anymore.
Well, I'm here to tell you they can. And they must if we're gonna get anything done. I'm running as a proud Democrat, but I will govern as an American president.
Refusal of Democrats and Republicans to cooperate with one another is not due to some mysterious force beyond our control. It's a decision. It's a choice we make. And if can decide not to cooperate, we can decide to cooperate as well. That's the choice I'll make as president.
We paid a high price for allowing the deep divisions in this country to impact on how we deal with the coronavirus-- 210,000 Americans dead, and the numbers climbing. It's estimated that nearly another 210,000 Americans could lose their lives by the end of the year. Enough. No more.
Let's just set partisanship aside. Let's end the politics and follow the science. Wearing a mask is not a political statement. It's a scientific recommendation. Social distancing isn't a political statement. It's a scientific recommendation.
Duty and history call presidents to provide for the common good. And I will. It won't be easy. Won't be easy.
Our divisions today are longstanding. Economic and racial inequities have shaped us for generations. But I give you my word-- I give you my word-- if I'm elected president, I will marshal the ingenuity and goodwill of this nation to turn division into unity and bring us together, because I think [INAUDIBLE] people are looking for that.