Talking alongside Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to Fintech Zoom’s Jake Tapper throughout their first joint interview for the reason that election, Biden was requested how he might be optimistic about working with the Senate, which is at present managed by Republicans.
“I say this tactfully,” Biden stated. “There have been greater than a number of sitting Republican senators who’ve privately referred to as me and congratulated me.”
“And I perceive the scenario they discover themselves in. And till the election is clearly determined within the minds — the place the Electoral School votes, they get put in a really robust place,” he added.
Requested if he thinks extra GOP senators will publicly acknowledge his win after the Electoral School votes on December 14, Biden replied: “At the very least a good portion of the management.”
Biden, who served within the Senate for many years earlier than being elected vp in 2008, stated he does not know if that can change throughout the board, noting that most of the senators he served with are not in workplace.
“It isn’t the identical Senate personnel that I knew once I left the Senate. There are solely about 35 — or 30%, 40% which are there once I was within the Senate,” he stated.
As President Donald Trump has continued to push baseless claims of voter fraud within the weeks following the election, the President’s Republican allies have been largely silent on Biden‘s win. Chief amongst them is Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell, who stated final month that Trump is inside his rights to make his case in courtroom.
“They name me to say, you understand, ‘Congratulations, please convey my effectively needs to the President-elect, however I am unable to say that publicly but,'” Coons informed Fintech Zoom’s Alisyn Camerota on “New Day.”