WILMINGTON, Del. – Presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke to the country on Friday night in a prime time speech.
“While we’re waiting for the final outcome, I want everyone to know that we̵7;re not waiting to get the job done,” he said.
He called on Americans to unite, saying that “the vast majority” of the people want “to take the test tube out of politics.” He added that his responsibility as president would be “to represent the country.”
“We may be rivals, but we are not enemies. We are Americans,” he said.
“I have never been more optimistic about the future of this country. There is no reason we cannot master the 21st century. We just need to remember who we are,” Biden continued.
Biden took the lead in both Pennsylvania and Georgia, and his favorable prediction in either state would put him above the electoral threshold needed to win the presidency.
A stage set up since election night for a victory party outside of the city’s convention center remains intact and has been guarded for days by security guards using high fences and car fence.
Biden continued to inch closer to the presidency as votes continued to count in several key battlefield states: Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Nevada and North Carolina.
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FOX News predicts Biden leads the race with 264 electoral votes compared to the 214 electoral votes of President Donald Trump. To become president elected, it takes 270 electoral votes.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP via Getty Images)
Biden has urged the public to be patient as the counting of votes continues. He spent Friday at home in Wilmington, Delaware.
While the winner of the election has yet to be called, Biden’s transition team has not waited for a ruling in the presidential race before starting work.
As the votes continue to count, longtime Biden aide Ted Kaufman is spearheading efforts to ensure the former vice president can begin building a government expecting victory.
Kaufman is a former senator from Delaware who was appointed to fill the vacant seats when Biden was elected vice president. He also worked on Barack Obama’s transition team in 2008, and helped write laws formalizing the presidential transition.
Biden’s lobby has declined to comment on the transition. His closest advisers said that a top priority would be to announce a White House chief of staff, and then assemble the parts needed to address the coronavirus.
A president has 4,000 people appointed and more than 1,200 of them must be endorsed by the Senate. That could be a challenge for Biden as the Senate may still be Republican controlled.
The transition officially begins after the General Department of Service Administration determines the winner based on all available facts. That instruction is vague enough for Trump to pressure the agency director to stall.
Whenever the process started, if he won, Biden would have to deal with the coronavirus, which killed more than 230,000 Americans. Biden has promised to use his transition period to meet with the governors of every state and ask them to impose masking duties across the country. He says he plans to go around any organization to secure such rules from local and county officials.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.