Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump in the race for the United States presidency. During his victory speech Saturday evening, Biden said he is already getting started on his presidential promises.
Biden announced during his victory speech Saturday his first order of business, which is forming a team to work on defeating the COVID-19 pandemic. He said he would begin this process as early as Monday, and the plan would be implemented on Jan. 20, which will be the date of his inauguration, according to ABC News.
“Folks, our work begins with getting COVID under control,” Biden said during his speech. “We cannot repair the economy, restore our vitality or relish life’s most precious moments, hugging our grandchildren, our children, our birthdays, weddings, graduations, all the moments that matter most to us until we get it under control.”
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris also took to the stage, before Biden’s address, claiming her spot as the first female U.S. VP for the first time in the nation’s nearly 250-year history.
“But while I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last,” Harris said during her speech. “Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities and to the children of our country regardless of your gender, our country has sent you a clear message: Dream with ambition, lead with conviction and see yourselves in a way that others may not simply because they’ve never seen it before.”
As of Sunday, numbers from ABC show that Biden has 279 electoral votes and 75,309,785 votes and counting. President Donald Trump has 214 electoral votes and 71,048,168 votes and counting.
Biden was named the 46th President of the United States Saturday morning after Pennsylvania’s ballot count put him ahead with 3,345,724 votes, or 49.6% over President Donald Trump’s 3,311,310 votes, or 49.1%, according to ABC News.
Pennsylvania was called by media outlets for Biden after it was determined that the remaining ballots left to be counted would not allow Trump to catch up. The Associated Press already declared Biden the winner in both Michigan and Wisconsin.
America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 7, 2020
The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not.
I will keep the faith that you have placed in me. pic.twitter.com/moA9qhmjn8
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