WILMINGTON, DE – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden says when the vote count is finished, he believes he will win the presidency.
Biden spoke at his campaign stakeout location in Wilmington, Delaware on Wednesday afternoon.
The former Vice President acknowledged the historic nature of the election and how more than “150 million people cast their votes” this year.
“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,” Biden said. “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.”
Biden also talked about how he would be a leader for everyone. not just the people who voted for him, in an address calling for unity and bipartisanship.
“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 talked about the anxiety and division that many Americans feel, saying that although there are opposing views across the country “we have to stop treating our opponents as enemies.”
“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,” he added.
One of the big influences in reaching the needed 270 Electoral College votes is Pennsylvania, where currently Board of Elections from around the state are tallying absentee ballots.
As of 4 p.m. Wednesday the President is leading in the state.
The Trump campaign is asking the Supreme Court to intervene in a pending case challenging a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision that allowed ballots to be counted after Election Day.
The justices refused to expedite the appeal before the election, but they are still considering whether to take up the case.
Earlier in the day, the Trump campaign also filed a lawsuit in Michigan state court demanding the vote count be halted statewide until representatives from the campaign are provided meaningful access to observe mail-in ballots being opened and processed.
Lawyers for the campaign say the secretary of state is violating the Michigan Constitution and Michigan election law by “allowing absent voter ballots to be processed and counted without bipartisan teams and without allowing challengers to observe the process.”
Michigan law provides that poll challengers can monitor officials’ administration of an election to assure that the election complies with Michigan’s Constitution and Election Code.