WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joe Biden has won the 2020 presidential election, an outcome likely to result in changes to the healthcare landscape in the U.S.
The Associated Press called the election for Biden late Saturday morning after Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), won 20 electoral votes from the state of Pennsylvania, putting them over the 270 needed to win.
On Twitter, Biden said he was “honored that you have chosen me to lead our country” and that “I will keep the faith that you have placed in me.” President Trump’s re-election campaign, meanwhile, held a press conference in Philadelphia, with Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, saying that lawsuits will be filed beginning on Monday related to alleged problems with vote-counting in Pennsylvania and other states. The president had not conceded the election to Biden as of early Saturday afternoon.
The COVID-19 pandemic was clearly on Biden’s mind during a speech on Friday night, when the election had not been called but things were trending in his direction. “The death toll is approaching 240,000 lives lost to this virus,” said Biden. “That’s 240,000 empty chairs at kitchen tables and dining room tables all across America. We’ll never be able to measure all that pain and the loss, the suffering that so many families have experienced. We know something about what it feels …like to lose someone. And I want them to know they’re not alone. Our hearts break with you. I want everyone, everyone to know on day one we’re going to put our plan to control this virus into action. We can’t save any of the lives lost … But we can save a lot of lives in the months ahead.”
“We have serious problems to deal with from COVID to the economy to racial justice to climate change,” he added. “We don’t have anymore time to waste on partisan warfare … and more than that. We’ve such an incredible opportunity to build the future we want for