USA – Joe Biden has been officially anointed the Democratic presidential candidate at the party’s convention, helped over the line with some glowing testimonials from elder statesmen.
Two Democratic former presidents, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a Republican, endorsed Biden.
Clinton said President Donald Trump had brought “chaos” to the Oval Office.
Trump trails Biden in opinion polls ahead of November’s election.
The convention is largely virtual, amid the coronavirus pandemic, and it is not clear whether a format of pre-recorded speeches and no live audience will generate the same levels of enthusiasm as the traditional party gatherings.
Biden, a former vice president under President Barack Obama, became his party’s nominee of Tuesday night in a pre-recorded roll call vote from delegates in all 50 states.
Powell said Biden shared “the values I learned growing up in the south Bronx and serving in uniform”.
The decorated four-star general said he supported him for president because “we need to restore those values to the White House”.