US Election 2020: Biden calls for unity and victory

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden arrives with his wife, Jill, to speak to supporters late last night US time (early this morning UK time) in Wilmington, Delaware.
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AS PRESIDENTIAL hopeful Joe Biden inches closer to the crucial 270 electoral college votes, he spoke about his intention to be a leader for all Americans in a speech calling for the return of bipartisan agreement on Wednesday.

“We are campaigning as Democrats, but I will govern as an American president,” Biden said.

“The presidency, itself, is not a partisan institution. It’s the one office in this nation that represents everyone and it demands a duty of care for all Americans and that is precisely what I will do.”

He also spoke that the nation would be stronger together than anything that could have torn the United States apart.

He added that: “It’s time for us to do what we have always done as Americans – to put the harsh rhetoric of the campaign behind us, to lower the temperature, to see each other again, to listen to one another, to hear each other again and respect and care for one another. To unite, to heal, to come together as a nation.”

This speech comes on the back of projections that Biden would win in Michigan, which was a state that was previously won by incumbent President Trump.

Biden has also said: “More Americans voted this election than ever before in American history. Over 150 million people cast their votes. I think that is just extraordinary. And if we had any doubts, we shouldn’t have any longer about a government of, by and for the people. It is very much alive, very much alive in America.

“Now after a long night of counting, it’s clear that we are winning enough states to reach 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. I’m not here to declare that we have won, but I am here to report when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners.”

While it seems set that Biden is on track to winning the presidency, he still has to contend with incumbent President Trump’s lawsuits to stop the votes being counted on the grounds that Republican poll checkers were not being allowed into the counting stations.

President Trump has stated: “We’ll be going to the US supreme court. We want all voting to stop.”

He has also claimed victory in Pennsylvania.

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