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Biden calls for unity, healing after capturing the presidency

President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief South Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Obama alum Seth Harris to serve as Biden labor adviser: report MORE called on a deeply divided United States to come together and “heal” on Saturday moments after he was declared the winner of the presidential election

In a statement, Biden said he was “honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in” him and his running mate, Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisElla Emhoff, inauguration designer join forces on knitwear collaboration Who is the Senate parliamentarian and why is she important? In America, women are frontliners of change MORE.

“With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation,” Biden said. “It’s time for America to unite. And to heal.”

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Biden won the 2020 presidential election on Saturday morning after he was declared the victor in Pennsylvania, capturing the state’s 20 electoral votes and, as a result, the presidency. 

His win denies President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE, who won a surprise victory in 2016 after besting then-Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClintons remember former adviser Vernon Jordan Biden praises Vernon Jordan: He 'knew the soul of America' The parts of H.R. 1 you haven't heard about MORE, a second term in the White House. Trump has not yet conceded the race to Biden, and his campaign has indicated that it will challenge election results in a handful of states.

Biden’s statement on Saturday, released minutes after he clinched the presidency, tracked with the message he carried throughout his campaign: uniting a deeply divided country. 

But the former vice president will face a series of challenges in the coming months. Not only will he be charged with bringing together a bitterly polarized country, but he will face a daunting series of crises, including the coronavirus pandemic and its resulting economic turmoil.