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November 25, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden mixed messages of caution and hope in a pre-Thanksgiving, presidential-style address Wednesday.

He urged Americans to hold out for a while longer as the coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen in the United States, telling them not to "surrender to the fatigue" and "remember we are at war with the virus, not one another." But he also pointed to a light at the end of the tunnel, noting that substantial progress has made been made in vaccine development. "There's real hope, tangible hope," he said. "So hang on ... I know we can and we will beat this virus. America's not gonna lose this war. We'll get our lives back." Tim O'Donnell

October 6, 2020

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden traveled to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, where he delivered a speech calling on Americans to "revive the spirit of bipartisanship in this country, the spirit of being able to work with one another."

Biden said people don't have to "agree with me on everything, or even on most things," to clearly see that from the coronavirus pandemic to President Trump calling into question the fairness of elections, what "we're experiencing today is neither good nor normal." There is "unrelenting partisan warfare" between Democrats and Republicans, making the United States "a house divided," Biden said, and that "can no longer be. We are facing too many crises, we have too much work to do, we have too bright a future to have it shipwrecked on the shoals of anger and hate and division."

Biden said he believes in "law and order," and has "never supported defunding the police," but he also knows that "injustice is real. We do not have to choose between law and order and racial justice in America. We can have both." He urged Americans to find common ground and stay calm amid the chaos, and embrace common sense when it comes to the pandemic. The coronavirus "doesn't care where you live, what political party you belong to," he said, and it's time to "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." Catherine Garcia

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