Framing his candidacy as a vessel of light meant to lead America out of its “season of darkness,” Joe Biden formally accepted the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday night, capping a more than three-decades long quest at an unprecedented convention transformed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Pledging to draw on the best of the country through the restoration of core values like character, compassion and decency, the 77-year-old Biden drew an implicit contrast with President Donald Trump without ever having to utter his full name.
“I will draw on the best of us, not the worst of us. I will be an ally of the light, not the darkness,” he told a convention hall in Delaware largely empty except for a handful of reporters and photographers.
The themes that Biden stressed in the most momentous speech of his career were not new, and they largely eschewed concrete policy promises. Instead, the former