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Local and state leaders discuss the impact of the Inauguration

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris(Associated Press)
Published: Jan. 21, 2021 at 6:22 PM EST
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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) — Wednesday’s Inauguration made history in a number of ways. WHSV spoke with local and state leaders about their reactions to the historical event.

“Joe Biden had delivered a very optimistic speech that didn’t sugarcoat our challenges but hit the right tone, a tone very much who he is as a man. As a leader, the tone of we need to come together,” Senator Tim Kaine said in a press conference.

Kaine discussed how the next steps he is focused on is confirming President Biden’s cabinet and more COVID-19 relief.

“There is nothing wrong with legitimate differences of opinion, but we are not each other’s enemies. We are not each other’s opponents. We are all countrymen and women. We have an awful lot of work to do,” Sen. Kaine said.

Rhonda Turner is the President of Youth Leadership and Development Academy Staunton, Inc. YLDA focuses on empowering youth in the community and teaching them leadership skills.

“Yesterday was proof that you can succeed, you can do that. It doesn’t matter if your skin is black, it doesn’t matter if you are white, whatever color you are, you can succeed. If you work hard, if you equip yourself with those skills we teach in our program,” Turner explained.

Turner said the inauguration of Vice President Kamala Harris can inspire all children.

“It shows them that with hard work determination and perseverance, you can make it. You don’t have to listen to others who tell you that you are not qualified or that you don’t have seat at the table. We’re teaching our kids that you know what if you can’t get to the table, then you build your own table,” Turner added.

Read more about Youth Leadership and Development Academy Staunton, Inc by clicking here.

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