United States President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris delivered powerful victory speeches in Wilmington, Delaware, on Saturday. The 77-year-old has been in public service for 50 years and he wants to use his experience to heal a “divided nation”.

“Folks, the people of this nation have spoken. They’ve delivered us a clear victory, a convincing victory, a victory for we, the people. We’ve won with the most votes ever cast on a presidential ticket in the history of the nation — 74 million,” Biden said amid cheers from the American voters.

“What I must admit has surprised me, tonight we’re seeing all over this nation, all cities in all parts of the country, indeed across the world, an outpouring of joy, of hope of renewed faith in tomorrow, bring a better day. And I’m humbled by the trust and confidence you’ve placed in me,” he added.

Harris, on the other hand, became the first woman to be elected the vice president of the US. She started her speech with a special mention to late congressman John Lewis, saying: “Congressman John Lewis before his passing wrote ‘Democracy is not a state, it is an act.’ And what he meant was that America’s democracy is not guaranteed. It is only as strong as our willingness to fight for it.”

Thanking the voters, Harris went on to call Biden a “healer” for the country.

“You chose Joe Biden as the next president of the United States. And Joe is a healer, a uniter, a tested and steady hand. A person whose own experience of loss gives him a sense of purpose that will help us as a nation reclaim our own sense of purpose,” she said.