Biden: The 'only way' I'll lose is through 'chicanery' at polling places

Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenRev. Barber says best way to undercut extremism is with honesty Biden requires international travelers to quarantine upon arrival to US Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 MORE said only “chicanery” in the form of voter intimidation could prevent him from winning the presidential election, later adding that he would clarify the results of the election.

Appearing in Erie, Pa., Saturday, Biden told supporters to “make sure to vote because the only way we lose this is by the chicanery going on relative to polling places.”

Later in the day, Biden told reporters, “I understand one of the comments I made was taken a little out of context. I’m going to accept the outcome of this election period. I was referencing is the attempts that are made to try to influence and scare people from voting.”


The former vice president has frequently expressed concerns about the possibility of President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE “stealing” the election, referencing his repeated attacks on the legitimacy of mail-in voting and his refusal to commit to acknowledging the election results.

This refusal has accompanied the likelihood that lower in-person turnout will lead to a count of Election Day ballots that does not reflect the final outcome. This has led to widespread anxiety about the possibility of a chaotic election process.

In late September, the New York Times editorial board called for a contingency plan for if the president declares himself the winner on election night.