US President-elect Joe Biden has told the world it is time for America to heal during his victory speech in his home town of Wilmington, Delaware.
Biden’s victory in the battleground state of Pennsylvania put him over the threshold of 270 Electoral College votes he needed to clinch the presidency, ending four days of nail-biting suspense and sending his supporters into the streets of major cities in celebration.
“The people of this nation have spoken. They have delivered us a clear victory, a convincing victory,” Biden told cheering supporters.
Biden started by thanking all Americans who voted, saying he had received the most votes on a Presidential ticket in history.
“I am humbled by the trust and confidence you put in me,” he told the crowd.
“I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide, but to unify
“To rebuild the backbone of the nation and make America respected around the world again.
“It is the honour of my lifetime that so many Americans have voted.”
Biden then addressed Trump’s supporters directly.
“Now, let’s give each other a chance. It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again,” he said.
“This is the time to heal in America.”
Mr Biden told the crowd he would not be where he was without the love and eternal support of his wife Jill and family.
“Jill is gonna make a great first lady and I am so proud of her.”
The President-elect also recognised the huge achievement of his running mate, Kamala Harris.
“The first black woman — woman of south Asian descent, of immigrant parents — elected in this country,” he declared.
“We are reminded tonight of so many people who fought so hard to make this happen.”
“I can define America in one word – possibilities.”
Kamala Harris took to the stage ahead of Biden to thank the people of America and the team behind the campaign — before telling the nation Americans had ushered in a new day for America
“We the people have the power to build a better future,” she said.
“You ushered in a new day for America.
“To campaign staff an this extraordinary team, thank you.
“For making this victory possible and making sure every vote was counted, our nation owes you a debt of gratitude.
“You chose hope, unity, dignity, science and yes – truth.”
“You chose Joe Biden as the next President of the United States – and Joe is a healer, a uniter and tested and steady man.
Ms Harris also paid tribute to President-elect Joe Biden.
“What a testament it is to Joe’s character that he had the audacity to break one of the most substantial barriers that exists in our country, and select a woman as his vice president,” Harris said.
Harris also thanked her family.
“To my Doug and my children Cole and Ella and my sister Mia and our whole family, I love you more than I can ever express.
She also paid tribute to her mother who was ‘was always in her heart’ — and the women who paved the way ahead of her.
“They are the backbone of our democracy,” she said.
“Tonight I reflect on their struggle
“Now, the work begins.”