Joe Biden described the mid-term results as a “good day for democracy” and a “good day for America”.
Speaking at the White House on Tuesday afternoon, the president said the results, while still unclear, represent a “clear and unambiguous message to preserve our democracy.”
“The American people have spoken and shown that democracy is what we are,” he said.
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But he added that “the voters have also been clear that they are still frustrated, I understand, these have been really difficult years for this country”.
Referring to Donald Trump’s claims that he had “stolen” the last election, he said the counters and officials “did their job and did their duty … without any interference.”
He also said he would decide if he would run for a second term early next year.
Republicans are expected to take control of the House of Representatives, with 221 seats versus 214 for Democrats, according to NBC News.
While this would defeat the president’s legislative agenda, it is a much smaller loss than some had anticipated.
The race for the Senate, however, is still in the balance, with four seats left to be declared and Republicans leading by two in those announced so far.
Georgia is unlikely to be decided until December 6, as strict state laws require a ballot if no candidate reaches 50%.
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Biden said the Democrats “had a good night” despite losing seats.
“We don’t know all the results yet, but here’s what we know, the press was predicting a giant red wave and it didn’t happen,” he said.
“You were a little annoyed by my obsessive optimism, but I thought we would be fine.”
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He said America’s “future is too promising” to be “trapped in a never-ending political war.”
While not compromising on health care or abortion, he said: “I will do everything in my power to unite the country.
“I will continue to work through the corridor to support the American people. Regardless of what the final tally of this election shows, I am ready to work with my fellow Republicans.
“And the American people have made it clear that they expect Republicans to work with me too.”
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He turned to the nation after Donald Trump described his candidate results as “rather disappointing”.
Most of the people Trump chose to approve seem to have fared worse than the Republicans he didn’t support.
Reports claim behind the scenes that he is “livid” and “angry” with his wife Melania.
Speaking from his home in Mar-a-Lago, the former president said the results were a “very big win” for him personally.