The gesture of Bush, the only living Republican president, is a differentiator from his party’s impending president, Trump, who has so far refused to give in to the race.
In the statement, Bush said he called Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Sunday.
“Even though we have our differences politically, I know Joe Biden is a good man who won the opportunity to lead and unify our country,” Bush said. “The president-elect reiterated that while running as a Democrat, he would rule for all Americans. I offered him the same thing I suggested to President Trump and Obama: My prayer for his success and my commitment to helping in every way I can. “
Bush also congratulated Trump in his statement to Trump “about a tough fighting campaign”;, nodding to his “extraordinary political achievement” by winning votes of more than 70 million Americans, second most. in history after Biden. “They have spoken out, and their voices will continue to be heard through elected Republicans at all levels of government,” Bush said.
Bush in 2000 was elected at a much lower margin than Biden, with his race against then-then Democratic Vice President Al Gore with 537 votes in Florida and the Supreme Court’s decision to enter December. He said Trump “has the power to demand recount and pursue legal challenges,” but said Biden’s victory was clear.
“The American people can be confident that this election is fundamentally fair, integrity will be maintained, and the results will be clear,” Bush said.
Bush has largely been out of politics since leaving office in January 2009. He was only present occasionally in the 2016 campaign, when his brother, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, ran. against Trump and others in the Republican presidential election.
CNN and other news outlets forecast Saturday that Biden had won the presidential race. According to CNN’s predictions, Biden won 279 electoral votes compared to Trump’s 214, with Alaska, Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina still not selected.
Biden gave a triumphant speech during the victory in Wilmington, Delaware, on Saturday night, pledging to heal the nation’s partisan divisions and telling Trump supporters: “Give each other a chance. . “
As of Sunday afternoon, Trump had refused to give in, posting a series of unproven statements about voter fraud without giving any evidence and asserting that he had won the election. His lawyers have filed lawsuits in several states, so far without success.
“The challenges our country faces will require the best of President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris-Harris – and the best of all of us,” Bush said. “We must come together for the benefit of our families and neighbors, as well as for our nation and its future. It doesn’t matter what the will of a people assemble.” Laura and I pray for our leaders and their families We ask God to continue to bless our country, and we call on all Americans to join us. join us to wish our next President and Vice President as they prepare to undertake their important duties “
This story has been updated.