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.”