Nevada Democrats comment on Biden’s inauguration, future

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President Joe Biden is congratulated by first lady Jill Biden, his son Hunter Biden and daughter Ashley Biden after being sworn-in during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Reactions from Nevadans to President Joe Biden’s inauguration included messages from prominent Democrats.

U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev., posted a photo on Twitter and sent a statement to media:

“With today’s inauguration, a new day is dawning in America. President Biden and Vice President Harris will bring experienced, steady, and compassionate leadership to the White House, and ensure that our brightest days are ahead.

Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration marks a turning point in American history. For the first time, millions of girls will grow up knowing that someone like them can serve at the highest levels of our nation’s leadership.  As a Black woman and the daughter of immigrants, Kamala Harris represents the dreams of all those who fought and bled for justice, equality, and representation. I know that she and President Biden will continue to be champions for all Americans in the White House.

Now is the time to restore the soul of our nation and rebuild. I look forward to working closely with the Biden-Harris administration to crush the coronavirus, get our economy back on track, and restore public faith in our democracy and institutions.”

U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak posted on Twitter, putting attention on working with the Biden Administration on vaccinations.

Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford echoed the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and applauded the peaceful transition of power:

I am thrilled to officially congratulate our 46th President of the United States Joe Biden and 49th Vice President Kamala Harris on being sworn in to office. Last year was rife with trials and tribulations. This year provides an opportunity toward recovery, change, and unity. 

Today’s peaceful transition of power, which is critical to our democracy, stands in contrast to events of recent weeks. But our Country persisted, and we just witnessed one of our most sacred traditions established to ensure that only the will of the people dictates our elected leadership. 

On Monday, we celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King, who famously said: ‘We need leaders not in love with money but in love with justice. Not in love with publicity but in love with humanity.’ At a time when family and friends are here one day and gone the next due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and neighbors are divided against each other, we pray for the President to lead with love, justice and humanity. 

We, too, must live our daily lives with love, justice and humanity, denouncing the spread of fear, hatred, and injustice. We must take care of each other during these challenging times. I encourage every individual to continue to wear their mask, receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and be kind to one another. The future of our nation depends on what we do right now, this year. 

Aaron D. Ford, Nevada Attorney General

Nevada State Democratic Party Chair William McCurdy II‘s statement reflected his emotions:

Today, we can finally exhale. After four long years of unrelenting hard work and dedication, we made history. I am overwhelmed with excitement and hope as we welcome Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to the White House. Together, they will finally restore decency and compassion to the Oval Office. This moment wouldn’t be possible without the volunteers and organizers who put in countless hours fighting for a better future. I can’t wait to see what our state and our country are able to accomplish these next four years as we work together to build back better.

William McCurdy II, Nevada State Democratic Party chairman

Yvanna Cancela, who left her position as a state senator to take a position in Biden’s administration, added:

U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., offered congratulations:

Today marks an important step forward for our country. I congratulate President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on their historic inauguration and I look forward to working alongside their Administration to pass legislation that improves the lives of all Nevadans. I know President Biden, Vice President Harris, and the entire Administration hold a deep respect for our nation and the American people. Together, I hope we can work to pass a comprehensive COVID-19 relief plan that supports our workers, small businesses, and state and local governments, as well as enact a proper vaccination strategy, and ensure access to quality, affordable health care. While we may face many daunting challenges, I am confident that this President will approach each problem with a clear-eyed resolve and a leadership worthy of the office he holds.

U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev.

U.S. Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nev., began, “Today is a good day. For a moment, we can relax our shoulders & unclench our jaws a bit. It’s been a long few years.” Then she put the focus on the challenges at hand — COVID-19, the economy, and “rampant inequality.”

“Solving them won’t be easy,” Lee said, adding that the country needs Biden and Harris more than ever:

U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., tweeted her congratulations from the U.S. Capitol:

U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto was in Washington for the ceremony with her husband, Paul, a former secret service agent:

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