Meet the Candidates

September 4, 2020
MAKING THE CASE Joe Biden and President Donald Trump speak at the presidential conventions.
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The Democratic and Republican Parties have officially named their candidates for president and vice president of the United States. The announcements were made at political conventions. These took place in late August.

Joe Biden is the Democratic Party’s nominee for president. He accepted the nomination at the Democratic National Convention. “If you entrust me with the presidency, I will draw on the best of us,” Biden said. Kamala Harris is the party’s vice-presidential nominee. She is a California senator.

President Donald Trump is the Republican Party’s presidential nominee. He is running for reelection. Mike Pence is his vice-presidential running mate. During the Republican National Convention, on August 24, Trump gave a speech. “This is the most important election in the history of our country,” he said. Three days later, he accepted the nomination with a speech from the White House.

Both conventions were different from those held in the past. Usually, there are huge crowds. But COVID-19 made that unsafe. This year, the conventions were held mainly online.

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