Former President George W. Bush extended his congratulations to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenRand Paul calls for Fauci's firing over 'lack of judgment' Dems look to keep tax on billionaires in spending bill Six big off-year elections you might be missing MORE in a statement Sunday, saying the former vice president had “won his opportunity to lead and unify our country.”
In a statement, Bush said he had spoken to both Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisObama looks to give new momentum to McAuliffe Kamala Harris engages with heckler during New York speech Biden's safe-space CNN town hall attracts small audience, as poll numbers plummet MORE to congratulate them.
“Though we have political differences, I know Joe Biden to be a good man, who has won his opportunity to lead and unify our country. The President-elect reiterated that while he ran as a Democrat, he will govern for all Americans,” Bush said. “I offered him the same thing I offered Presidents Trump and Obama: my prayers for his success, and my pledge to help in any way I can.”
Bush also extended his congratulations to President TrumpDonald TrumpSix big off-year elections you might be missing Twitter suspends GOP Rep. Banks for misgendering trans health official Meghan McCain to Trump: 'Thanks for the publicity' MORE and his supporters.
“He earned the votes of more than 70 million Americans — an extraordinary political achievement,” he said. “They have spoken, and their voices will continue to be heard through elected Republicans at every level of government.”
The former president echoed the call for unity Biden made in his victory speech Saturday night, saying, “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.”
Fmr. President George W. Bush becomes the most prominent Republican to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden.— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) November 8, 2020
Bush says he spoke with Biden today & "extended my warm congratulations and thanked him for the patriotic message he delivered last night." He also spoke with Harris pic.twitter.com/EMagXR0y2a
Although the former president never made an endorsement in the race, several members of his Cabinet publicly backed Biden, including former Secretary of State Colin PowellColin PowellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Manchin, Sanders in budget feud; Biden still upbeat Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — House lawmakers eye military pay raise next year Memorial service for Colin Powell set for Nov. 5 at Washington National Cathedral MORE and former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez.