President-elect Joe Biden told CNN's Jake Tapper that Republican senators have privately called him to congratulate him.
"There have been more than several sitting Republican senators who have privately called me and congratulated me. And I understand the situation they find themselves in. And until the election is clearly decided in the minds when the Electoral College votes, they get put in a very tough position," he said in his first joint interview with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
Biden went on to say that he has spoken to several senators about key issues.
He acknowledged that the work is "going to be hard."
"I'm not suggesting it's going to be easy. It's going to be hard. But I'm confident that on the things that affect the national security and the fundamental economic necessity to keep people employed, to get people employed, to bring the economy back, there is plenty of room we can work," Biden said.