Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden projected confidence Friday that he would win the presidential election against incumbent Donald Trump, citing his lead in votes in key states like Pennsylvania.
Biden also noted that he has already won the most votes in history for any presidential candidate.
He said a record number of Americans “chose change over more of the same.”
He told the nation that the political parties may be opponents, but they are not enemies. “Let’s put the anger and the demonization behind us,” he said.
The Democratic presidential nominee wrapped up his remarks after about seven minutes, ending with: “God bless you and may God bless our troops”.
The message was one of confidence that he will win the presidency. Biden took a forward-looking stance, describing his priorities.
The 74m votes cast for him and his running mate Kamala Harris will give them a mandate to address coronavirus, the economy, climate change and systemic racism, he said.
He urged Americans to look beyond divisions that have run deep this election to work toward “a more perfect union”.
Finally, he urged patience and trust in the democratic system. “We’re proving again what we’ve proved for 244 years in this country – democracy works,” he said. “Your vote will be counted. I don’t care how hard people try to stop it.”
US Election: Republicans Ask Supreme Court to Block Late Votes in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Republicans are turning to the US Supreme Court to ask for an order that mail ballots arriving after Election Day in the battleground state be segregated. The state’s top elections official already had ordered those ballots be kept apart.
The emergency request Friday came as Democrat Joe Biden inched ahead of President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania.
The plea is part of an ongoing Republican appeal to the Supreme Court to try to keep ballots received in the mail after Election Day from being counted. The state’s top court granted a three-day extension, and the Supreme Court refused to block it.
But Democratic Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar told local officials to keep the ballots separate because the high court hasn’t ultimately decided whether to step in.
Republicans presented no evidence that counties are not adhering to Boockvar’s orders, but said, “It is unclear whether all county boards are following them in the post-election chaos.”