“I simply talked to the President-elect of america, Joe Biden,” Bush, a Republican, stated in an announcement Sunday. “I prolonged my heat congratulations and thanked him for the patriotic message he delivered final evening.”
Bush stated he additionally known as Harris to congratulate her on her historic election as vice chairman.
“Although we’ve got political variations, I do know Joe Biden to be a great man, who has gained his alternative to steer and unify our nation,” Bush stated. “The president-elect reiterated that whereas he ran as a Democrat, he’ll govern for all Individuals. I supplied him the identical factor I supplied Presidents Trump and Obama: my prayers for his success, and my pledge to assist in any approach I can.”
The one dwelling former Republican president additionally congratulated President Donald Trump and his supporters “on a hard-fought marketing campaign.”
“He earned the votes of greater than 70 million Individuals – a rare political achievement,” Bush stated. “They’ve spoken, and their voices will proceed to be heard by means of elected Republicans at each stage of presidency.
Bush stated Trump “has the suitable to request recounts and pursue authorized challenges, and any unresolved points might be correctly adjudicated. The American folks can have faith that this election was basically honest, its integrity might be upheld, and its end result is obvious.”
“The challenges that face our nation will demand one of the best of President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris – and one of the best of us all,” he concluded. “We should come collectively for the sake of our households and neighbors, and for our nation and its future.”
The 74-year-old president has remained largely out of the general public eye since he left workplace however has appeared at odds with Trump over the past 4 years.
In 2016, Bush revealed he and his spouse didn’t solid a poll for Trump nor his Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton. Bush has not stated who he voted for on this 12 months’s election however he didn’t provide public assist of Trump.
Bush spokesman Freddy Ford informed the Dallas Morning Information that the previous president is “retired from presidential politics.”
Trump has repeatedly assailed Bush over his file, together with the choice to go warfare in Iraq.
Bush’s brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, ran in opposition to Trump in an unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nominee in 2016. The once-perceived frontrunner failed to interrupt by means of within the GOP race, notably after Trump started calling him “low-energy.”
Jeb Bush was one of many first distinguished Republicans to weigh in on Biden and Harris’ win, tweeting that he can be “praying for you and your success.”
“Congratulations to President-elect Biden. I’ve prayed for our President most of my grownup life. I might be praying for you and your success,” he tweeted. “Now could be the time to heal deep wounds. Many are relying on you to paved the way.”
The final incumbent president to lose a re-election bid was Bush’s father, George H.W. Bush.
Earlier this 12 months a bunch of a minimum of 200 former George W. Bush administration and marketing campaign officers launched a tremendous PAC known as “43 Alumni for Biden,” declaring it was “time to take a stand.”
The group, which isn’t immediately affiliated with Bush, supplied a congratulatory assertion to Biden on Saturday
“As we witnessed, American democracy might be advanced, however it works. We stay up for President-Elect Biden uniting our nation by means of honor, integrity and empathy, as he addresses our nation’s challenges each at residence and overseas.”
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Sen. Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican commonplace bearer and a vocal Trump critic, described Biden and Harris as “folks of fine will and admirable character.”
“We pray that God could bless them within the days and years forward,” he stated in an announcement.
Romney introduced earlier this 12 months that he didn’t plan to vote for Trump and was the one Republican to solid a vote in opposition to the president throughout his impeachment proceedings.
Trump has but to concede and has vowed to proceed authorized challenges to the race.