The gesture by Bush, the one dwelling former Republican president, was a break from his occasion’s outgoing president, Trump, who has to date refused to concede the race.

Within the assertion, Bush stated he had known as Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Sunday.

“Although we have now political variations, I do know Joe Biden to be man, who has received his alternative to guide and unify our nation,” Bush stated. “The President-elect reiterated that whereas he ran as a Democrat, he’ll govern for all Individuals. I supplied him the identical factor I supplied Presidents Trump and Obama: my prayers for his success, and my pledge to assist in any means I can.”

Bush additionally supplied congratulations within the assertion to Trump “on a hard-fought marketing campaign,” nodding to his “extraordinary political achievement” of successful the votes of greater than 70 million Individuals, the second-most in historical past behind Biden. “They’ve spoken, and their voices will proceed to be heard by elected Republicans at each degree of presidency,” Bush stated.

Bush in 2000 was elected by a a lot smaller margin than Biden, together with his race towards Democratic then-Vice President Al Gore coming all the way down to 537 votes in Florida and a Supreme Court docket determination in December. He stated Trump “has the fitting to request recounts and pursue authorized challenges,” however stated Biden’s win was clear.

“The American individuals can have faith that this election was essentially truthful, its integrity might be upheld, and its outcome is clear,” Bush stated.

Bush has largely stayed out of politics since leaving workplace in January 2009. He was solely an occasional presence on the marketing campaign path in 2016, when his brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, ran towards Trump and others within the Republican presidential major.

MeSlop and different information retailers projected Saturday that Biden has received the presidential race. Based on MeSlop’s projections, Biden has received 279 electoral votes to Trump’s 214, with Alaska, Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina nonetheless uncalled.

Biden delivered a triumphant victory speech in Wilmington, Delaware, on Saturday evening, pledging to heal the nation’s partisan divides and saying to Trump supporters: “Let’s give one another an opportunity.”

As of Sunday afternoon, Trump has refused to concede, tweeting a number of unproven claims about voter fraud with out providing any proof and wrongly insisting that he had received the election. His attorneys have filed lawsuits in a number of states, to date with none success.

“The challenges that face our nation will demand the perfect of President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris — and the perfect of us all,” Bush stated. “We should come collectively for the sake of our households and neighbors, and for our nation and its future. There is no downside that won’t yield to the gathered will of a free individuals. Laura and I pray for our leaders and their households. We ask for God’s continued blessings on our nation. And we urge all Individuals to hitch us in wishing our subsequent President and Vice President nicely as they put together to take up their necessary duties.”

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