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Democrat
民主党員(後出 Democratic は民主党の、Republican は共和党の)
nominate
指名する(後出 nomination は指名)
vice president
副大統領(後出 presidential candidate は大統領候補、presidency は政権のこと)
defeat
破る、負かす
convention
党大会
Sen.
(= senator)上院議員
ticket
候補者名簿
pre-tape
事前に録画する
vow to ~
~することを誓う
contempt
蔑視
ally
味方、支持者
overcome
乗り越える
immigrant
移民(後出 immigration も同意)
court
(ここでは)理解を得る
battleground voter
(ここでは)激戦州の有権者
distract
注意をそらす
claim
主張する
trigger
引き起こす
flood
大量流入のこと
packed
満員の
divisive
分断を招く
rhetoric
言葉遣い、言辞
hallmark
特質
poll
世論調査
incumbent
現職の
【写真説明】feed
放送
vacant podium
無人の演壇
 

Ready to Race   

Democrats formally nominated Joe Biden, the former vice president, as their presidential candidate to defeat Republican President Donald Trump, in an online-only convention on Aug. 18. The 77-year-old lifelong politician is now set to head into the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3 alongside California Sen. Kamala Harris, the first Black woman to be nominated as vice president on a major-party ticket.

Biden and Harris, 55, did not come to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the place of the Democratic National Convention, due to the new coronavirus pandemic. Democrats held an essentially all-virtual convention between Aug. 17 and 20, broadcasting two hours of prime-time programming a day, much of it pre-taped.

Biden accepted the nomination on Aug. 20, and vowed to unite an America divided by crisis and contempt, declaring, "I'll be an ally of the light, not our darkness." He said, "And make no mistake, united we can and will overcome this season of darkness in America," from his hometown Wilmington, Delaware, some 1,400 kilometers away from Milwaukee.

Harris, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, said in her Aug. 19 speech, "Joe and I believe that we can build that beloved community — where all are welcome, no matter what we look like, where we come from or who we love."

Meanwhile, Trump, 74, traveled to court battleground voters in an effort to distract them from Biden's convention. Appearing near the Mexican border in Arizona on Aug. 18, Trump claimed Biden would trigger "a flood of illegal immigration like the world has never seen." The tightly packed crowd of hundreds shouted and cheered — though many were wearing "TRUMP" masks to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.

Such divisive rhetoric, which is not supported by Biden's positions, has become a hallmark of Trump's presidency.

Biden is leading Trump in most polls with two months to go before the election. But just one incumbent president has been defeated in the last three decades. (AP)

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