Former President George W. Bush issued a congratulatory message for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their election win.
“I extended my warm congratulations and thanked him for the patriotic message he delivered last night,” Bush said in a statement, referring to his conversation with Biden. “I also called Kamala Harris to congratulate her on her historic election to the vice presidency.”
Bush’s message comes as many congressional Republicans refuse to accept the results of the election, many of them thinking Donald Trump still has a chance to win.
Acknowledging that he and the incoming Democratic president “have political differences,” Bush said he knows Biden “to be a good man, who has won this opportunity to lead and unify our country.”
Bush conceded that Trump has the right to request recounts and mount legal challenges. However, “The American people can have confidence that this election was fundamentally fair, its integrity will be upheld, and its outcome is clear,” he said.
“The challenges that face our country will demand the best of President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris — and the best of us all,” Bush continued. “We must come together for the sake of our families and neighbors, and for our nation and its future. There is no problem that will not yield to the gathered will of a free people.”
His closing message was for all Americans to join his family “in wishing our next President and Vice President well as they prepare to take up their important duties.”