Biden pledges to ‘restore soul of America’ in bipartisan victory speech

Biden pledges to ‘restore soul of America’ in bipartisan victory speech

President-elect calls on Democrats and Republicans to control pandemic and build prosperity

Joe Biden said he intended to “restore the soul of America” as the president-elect delivered a victory speech in which he urged the country to come together following one of the most divisive periods in US history.

Speaking in Wilmington, Delaware, on Saturday evening, Mr Biden struck a note of bipartisanship and sketched out a vision of his presidency where Democrats and Republicans would work together to “build prosperity” and bring the pandemic under control.

Following a bruising race, Mr Biden said he had won a “convincing victory” — he received a record 75m votes — but held out an olive branch to supporters of his rival, Donald Trump.

“To those of you who voted for President Trump, I understand the disappointment,” said Mr Biden, who twice tried to win the Democratic presidential nomination before succeeding this year.