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Biden makes a conciliatory speech, but no victory celebration as vote counting continues

Saturday, November 7th 2020 - 09:00 UTC
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“The numbers tell us… it’s a clear and convincing story: We’re going to win this race,” Biden said “The numbers tell us… it’s a clear and convincing story: We’re going to win this race,” Biden said

Democrat Joe Biden said on Friday that he was going to win the U.S. presidency as his lead grew over President Donald Trump in battleground states, although television networks held off from declaring him the victor as officials continued to count votes.

“The numbers tell us … it’s a clear and convincing story: We’re going to win this race,” Biden said, adding that he and his running mate Kamala Harris were already meeting with experts as they prepare for the White House.

Biden’s speech was originally planned as a victory celebration, but he changed his approach in the absence of an official call from television networks and other election forecasters.

Still, it amounted to a blunt challenge to Trump. The Republican incumbent kept out of view in the White House on Friday as Biden’s lead grew in the four states that will decide the outcome: Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada.

Leading Trump by 4.1 million votes nationwide out of a record 147 million cast, Biden said Americans had given him a mandate to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, the struggling economy, climate change and systemic racism.

“They made it clear they want the country to come together, not continue to pull apart,” Biden said. He said he hoped to address Americans again on Saturday.

Trump has remained defiant, vowing to press unfounded claims of fraud as his Republicans sought to raise US$ 60 million to fund lawsuits challenging the results. But some in his camp described the legal effort as disorganized, and so far they have not found success in the courts.

On the fourth day of vote counting, former Vice President Biden had a 253-to-214 lead in the state-by-state Electoral College vote that determines the winner, according to Edison Research. Democrats grew increasingly frustrated that networks had not yet called a winner.

Securing Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes would put Biden over the 270 he needs to win the presidency after a political career stretching back nearly five decades. Biden would also win if he prevails in two of the three other key states. Like Pennsylvania, all three were still processing ballots on Friday.

As officials count a deluge of mail-in ballots, Biden has held on to narrow leads in Nevada and Arizona and earlier on Friday overtook Trump in Pennsylvania and Georgia.

“In Arizona, Biden led by 29,861 votes with 97% of the tally completed. In Nevada, he led by 22,657 votes with 93% of the count complete.”

“In Georgia, he led by a mere 4,289 votes with the count 99% complete, while in Pennsylvania he led by 27,130 votes with 96% of the vote complete.”

Biden said Trump’s demands to stop the count would not work. “Your vote will be counted. I don’t care how hard people try to stop it. I will not let it happen,” Biden said.

Trump showed no sign he was ready to concede, as his campaign pursued a series of lawsuits that legal experts said were unlikely to alter the election outcome.

“Joe Biden should not wrongfully claim the office of the President. I could make that claim also. Legal proceedings are just now beginning!” he wrote on Twitter.

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  • Think


    “Biden makes a conciliatory speech”..., whist Trump.......

    Nov 07th, 2020 - 02:59 pm 0
  • Chicureo

    Estimado THINK Pugol-TTWH Jack DemonTree

    It seems from what I read — the corrupt Democrat Party is being exposed in voter fraud but Trump's fate lays with a few doubtable recounts.

    The progressive wing of the Democrat Party energized by Bernie Sanders and Sandy Cortez (AOC) are promoting the frightening venom brewed by Friedrich Engels — that have poisoned and resulted in literally hundreds of millions of deaths.

    Saturday mid-morning delight today was Eggs Benedict - Chicureo style (The only difference is we use toasted sliced sourdough bread.)

    (This vegan friendly delicious breakfast would be ideal if served with my favorite thick cut smoked bacon or Catalan style blood sausage.)

    I've now delivered the remaining bottles wagered — (including a 1987 Spanish Gran Sangre de Toro Viña Torres) concluding my owed debts misery.

    I'm currently wrapping in craft-paper Madame's now finished fired tiles — she's already fired 46 (with only two breaking) and she's been busy making another batch.


    Nov 07th, 2020 - 05:55 pm 0
  • Think

    Let me ask & guess about the sole interesting point on your above comment..., hermanito...:

    Madame's Céramique...:

    What wattage is her kiln...?

    8,000...? 10.000...? 15.000 watts...?

    Have you chequed Enel's KWh price lately...?

    Has that pretty potter reached her “Raku Glazing Period” yet...?

    Nov 07th, 2020 - 06:56 pm 0
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