Biden’s speech was originally intended as a victory speech. However, until just before midnight US time, no station declared him the winner.
Given his leading role in major states in the US elections, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was confident of victory. “We will win this race with a clear majority and the nation behind us,” Biden said late Friday evening (local time) in Wilmington, Delaware. At the same time, he stressed that no winner had yet been declared.
Biden has again promised that if he wins, he will be president of all Americans, including those who did not vote for him in the election. “We can be adversaries, but we are not enemies”.
He and his runner-up, Kamala Harris, are aware that there is great tension after a “tough election” like this year. However, one must remain calm and patient while counting all the votes. Biden assured voters: “Your vote will be counted. I don’t care how much people try to prevent it. I will not allow it. “
The 77-year-old added: “I’ve never been so optimistic about the future of this nation.” Biden made it clear that, at the current stage of the race, the votes of some 74 million Americans gave him a strong mandate to take measures against the coronavirus, for the economy, against climate change and structural racism. “You want the country to get together and not tear apart,” he said, looking at the voters.
Biden is well ahead of incumbent Republican President Donald Trump in the ongoing vote count. Trump had already claimed victory on election night. The president attributes Biden’s advantage to election fraud, of which there is no evidence. So far none of the major broadcasters or the AP news agency has declared the winner, as is the case in the United States after the presidential election.