A small but growing group of prominent Republicans broke up with President Donald Trump and the rest of their party when they congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris on the planned election victory.
Trump refused to recognize the race, and the vast majority of Republicans in Congress and elsewhere have not yet recognized the Democrat victory. One of Trump’s appointments in the General Services Administration refused to sign a letter giving access to government resources for the presidential transition.
Here are the Republicans who have publicly acknowledged the President-elect and the Vice-President-elect.
Mitt Romney In his statement in Utah, he congratulated both the President-elect and the Vice-President-elect on behalf of himself and his wife, Ann. Twitter: “We both know him as a man of good will and admirable character,” Romney wrote. “We pray that God will bless them in the days and years to come.”
Romney also told reporters on Nov. 10 that Biden needed to be given the tools to begin the transition.
“It’s in our very national interest, foreign policy and national security interest to make sure that if there is a new team that can become the leadership team, they will get all the access as quickly as possible,” Romney told NBC. News.
Susan Collins of Maine issued a statement congratulations to Biden and Harris on the “apparent victory,” while acknowledging Trump’s efforts to question the election results. During the counting of votes, he urged patience, saying: “The process has not failed our country for more than 200 years, and it will not fail in our country this year either.”
John Cornyn Asked if Biden would be the next president from the state of Texas, he replied, “I haven’t seen anything that would change the outcome.”
Lisa Murkowski of Alaska released a congratulatory statement in which he said he was ready to cooperate with the administration. “While we may not always agree, I will work with them to do the right thing for Alaska – as I will continue to emphasize cooperation and bilateralism with my narrowly divided Senate colleagues,” he wrote.
Jim Risch In an interview with The Spokesman-Review from Idaho, he recognized Bident as elected president. “This is my second transition as we move from one political party in the White House to another,” he said, adding that the transition is “a change in the music playing in the background”.
Mike Rounds He got out of South Dakota with questions about the president’s unfounded allegations of voter fraud, but on Nov. 10, he told NBC News that Biden should provide access to resources during the transition. to resolve any issues between them, to allow certain parts of it to move forward. “
Marco Rubio Florida’s Florida called Biden a “elected president” when he was discussing a potential member of his cabinet. Asked if he thought Biden had been elected president, Rubio said, “Well, after all, these results, the preliminary results, indicate that you should definitely reckon with the fact that at this moment it is most likely.”
Ben Sasse Nebraska congratulated himself and his wife, Melissa, on behalf of the Omaha World-Herald. “Today, in our house, we are praying for both President Trump and President-elect Biden to both be wise in the performance of their duties in this important period of our nation,” Sasse said.
Pat Toomey on November 10, he told WTAE television in Pittsburgh that Biden was probably the next president and it was important to start a transition process. “We are on a path that is likely to make Joe Biden the next president of the United States,” he said. “It’s not 100% certain, but it’s very likely, so I think we should start a transitional process.”
Bill Cassidy Louisiana said the statement that he voted for Trump, but Joe Biden won – after Michigan confirmed his results on Monday. He urged a “for the sake of the country” transition. “President Trump’s legal team has presented no evidence of the massive fraud that should have been present to overthrow the election,” he added, nodding at Trump’s legal efforts in six vibrant states.
Fred Upton The state of Michigan has raised its hand to work with the president-elect and on both sides of the congressional corridor, saying, “We need to find ways to unite, bridge divisions, and focus on solutions that help millions struggling.” Upton quoted Fredrick Douglass in his belt statement, writing, “I would unite with anyone to do good, and with anyone who would do evil.”
Francis Rooney Florida congratulations Biden was in a “successful campaign” and called on all Americans to “gather” to support him. Rooney urged bilateralism, saying, “Our nation will only be successful if it is the new administrator.”
Will Hurd From Texas he wished good luck to the president-elect and called on the Americans to come together and “respect the voters’ decision.” “We unite us more than we share; we can find a common voice,” he said. – I hope the President-elect can embody that.
Tom Reed New York extended his belt congratulation “out of respect and respect for the moment,” after calling for transparency in the number of votes. “We are ready to come together, work as one, and help all Americans in the difficult times ahead,” he said.
Paul Mitchell of Michigan released the statement congratulations to both Biden and Harris on a “hard-fought” campaign. “America now expects you to lead our country and unite us for the common good,” he said.
Adam Kinzinger He offered it from Illinois congratulation on behalf of himself and his wife, Sofia. “Our nation deserves two competing parties who can work together whenever possible and, if not, can compete honestly.”
Denver Riggleman Virginia extended it congratulation to both Biden and Harris. “We all need to work together in the spirit of helping America, because those in the ‘faithful opposition’ … don’t hate it.
Shimkus János In the state of Illinois, he congratulated both Biden and Harris on the victory, emphasizing the importance of the transfer of power. “A peaceful transition of power signals a world of the strength of democracy and the resilience of our republic. Despite my support for my opponent, I wish Joe Biden an elected president a good election.”
Don Bacon Nebraska acknowledged Biden’s victory, saying he respects the will of the electorate. “I think the handwriting is on the wall that Joe Biden was elected next president.”
John Curtis According to a statement in the state of Utah, Biden should be recognized as elected president “until a court ruling finds the violation,” while congratulating Harris on his historic victory. “Given the opportunity to address Joe Biden, I would tell him that I take his word that he will be a unifier and president for everyone, including those who did not vote for him – I am ready to help.”
Don Young Alaskan said in a statement he wished good to Biden in “the most challenging chapter of his political career.” “I call on President-elect Biden to listen carefully to those who did not vote for him.”
Dusty Johnson south dakota a statement that he supported Trump’s legal efforts, but “those efforts were not successful, and it is time for the administration to begin the transition process”.
Charlie Baker In Massachusetts congratulations the President-elect and the Vice-President-elect to their victory after a “long and divisive campaign.” “It is vital for all of us to focus on the very real and immediate challenges facing the nation.”
Phil Scott of Vermont congratulations the next president and vice president at their historic moment, saying that “his greatest hope is that they will successfully unite our country and lead us through these difficult times.” “The electorate spoke,” Scott said. “It is now up to all of us to overcome anger and division and to focus on common humanity and the love of family, freedom and the country. That is what real leadership would call us to: win or lose.”
Spencer Cox elected government Utah extended “heartfelt congratulations” on behalf of himself and his wife, Abby. “Thank you for your commitment to bring us all together,” Cox said. “We pray for you and promise that we will work with you for the benefit of the people of Utah.”
Larry Hogan From Maryland congratulations the president-elect and said Americans must come together “now than ever” to face the “great challenges” facing the country. “Everyone wants our president to be successful because we need the success of our country,” Hogan said.
Mike DeWine Ohio State told CNN that people “should consider the former vice president as elected president. Joe Biden is the president elected. The White House has all the rights, or the president and his campaign, he has every right to go to court. they are in the most beautiful place, frankly, to judge the facts.As a former prosecutor, he said, “I am a big believer that the courts are there and you can go into the case. They have every right to do that, and it looks like they’re trying. “
Chris Sununu He acknowledged Biden’s victory at a press conference in New Hampshire. “Joe Biden is the president-elect.”
Asa Hutchinson From Arkansas said In the show “Meet the Press,” he expects Biden to be the next president, stressing the importance of getting Biden to receive intelligence briefings. “I expect Joe Biden to be the next president of the United States.” It was great to see President Trump tweet “he won”. I think this is the beginning of a recognition. “
Cindy McCain, The wife of Senator John McCain released the statement congratulated his “dear friend,” Biden and Harris, after approving them in September. “It’s time to move beyond politics and build a stronger America,” McCain said. “I know Joe will unite the country for a better future.”
Jeb Bush, Former Governor of Florida, tweeted congratulates him that he will pray for the President-elect and his success. “It’s time to heal deep wounds,” Bush said. “A lot of people expect to show the way.”
János Kasich, The former governor of Ohio who supported Biden, congratulated the president-elect Twitter. “I know you will do what you promised and you will be the president of the whole country,” he said.
Former President George W. Bush he also handed his “warm congratulations” to Biden, making him the most prominent Republican. In his belt statement, Bush said he spoke to the elected president and thanked him for his “patriotic” victory speech and called on Harris to congratulate him on his historic election. “I know Joe Biden is a good man who has won his chance to lead and unite our country. The president-elect reiterated that while he started as a democracy, he would govern for all Americans. I offered him the same, offering President Trump and Obama my prayers for success and my promise to help in any way I can. “
Mike Rogers, Biden, a former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said he should start receiving the president ‘s daily briefing citing national security threats. In his belt statement he said “our opponents are not waiting for the transition to take place” and that Biden “needs to know what the latest threat is and start planning accordingly”.
Bob Corker, the former senator from Tennessee congratulated Biden Twitter. “I congratulate President Biden on his election and wish him well when he organizes the leadership of our country.”