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JUST IN: Read Biden’s First Statement As US President-elect

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Democratic candidate Joseph Biden won the 2020 United States presidential election after the state of Pennsylvania was called in his favour. He becomes the oldest person to be elected President. Along with his, his running mate Kamala Harris will become the first female, Black and Indian-origin vice-president of the United States.

After media outlets such as the Associated Press and CNN called his victory, Biden said in a brief statement, “I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris. In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America.”

“With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation. It’s time for America to unite. And to heal,” the President-elect, who is 78 years old, said.

Biden and Kamala will be sworn in to their new offices on January 20, 2021, taking over from incumbent Republicans Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

Biden also tweeted about his victory, saying he was honoured by his win, would be a “President to all Americans”, and assuring them he will keep the faith they placed in him.

Biden finished his statement on a conciliatory note, saying, “We are the United States of America. And there’s nothing we can’t do, if we do it together.” 

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