Joe Biden elected president

By Meg Wagner, Fernando Alfonso III, Melissa Macaya, Melissa Mahtani, Veronica Rocha and Amanda Wills, CNN

Updated 10:29 a.m. ET, November 8, 2020
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12:07 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Van Jones: Biden's win gives both Democrats and GOP a chance to "reset"

On-air analysis from CNN's Van Jones and Rick Santorum / Written by CNN's Adrienne Vogt

CNN
CNN

After CNN projected Joe Biden’s presidential win, Van Jones, a former adviser in the Obama administration, and former GOP Sen. Rick Santorum both agreed that working-class voters still feel forgotten by both parties — and that is a hill that politicians will need to climb. 

“From the Republican point of view, we're not convinced it's over yet and we're going to wait and see how the rest of these states play out,” Santorum said.

“I think a lot of folks on our side are feeling the fears … on the economic side, people are afraid that Joe Biden is going to what the Boris Johnson is doing, and Angela Merkel is doing in Europe and shutting down the economy,” he said.
“A lot of blue-collar Americans felt that neither political party really cared about them,” Santorum added.

Santorum said Republicans are worried about globalism, religious liberty and free speech, among other issues. 

“As much as people are concerned, I understand you're feeling relieved, there's a lot of people now on our side who are feeling concerned,” he said. 

Jones said people should take Santorum’s remarks “very seriously.”

“Those working-class folks who felt that neither party cared about them weren't wrong. People were sacrificed for an agenda that didn't help a lot of people. And I know poor folks in Appalachia and poor folks in South Central [Los Angeles], they've got the same problems,” Jones said. 

“And cultural wars notwithstanding, there's a moment here. Do your lawsuits, that's your right. But there is a moment here where we can reset, and I think Joe Biden wants us to reset. And I will do everything I can. We've got a lot of fear and a lot of pain — we got a lot of promise, too. … If we could sit down at the same table, we could get something done together,” Jones added. 

Rick Santorum and CNN's Van Jones discuss what Joe Biden's win means for the country:

12:01 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Harris: "We have a lot of work ahead of us. Let's get started."

Kamala Harris, who will be the nation’s first Black and South Asian vice president, and first woman to hold that office, reacted on Twitter to their projected win.

"This election is about so much more than @JoeBiden or me. It’s about the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it," Harris tweeted alongside a video.

"We have a lot of work ahead of us. Let’s get started," she added.

See her tweet:

11:59 a.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Biden: "It's time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation"

Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware on November 4.
Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware on November 4. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

President-elect Joe Biden has issued a statement, saying he is “honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed” in him and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.  

“With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation," the statement added.

Here's the full statement:

11:59 a.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Hillary Clinton calls Biden's election "a repudiation of Trump, and a new page for America"

From CNN's Allison Gordon

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised Joe Biden for his presidential victory on Twitter today.

"The voters have spoken, and they have chosen @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris to be our next president and vice president," Clinton tweeted. "It's a history-making ticket, a repudiation of Trump, and a new page for America. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen. Onward, together."

Read the tweet:

11:57 a.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Trump campaign says race "far from over" and promises litigation starting Monday 

From CNN's Betsy Klein 

President Donald Trump leaves after speaking in the briefing room at the White House on November 5, in Washington, DC.
President Donald Trump leaves after speaking in the briefing room at the White House on November 5, in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Moments after networks, including CNN, called the presidential race for Joe Biden, President Trump said in a statement from his campaign that Biden is “rushing to falsely pose as the winner,” and call the race “far from over.”

The statement says the campaign’s legal battle will begin Monday:

“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.”

"I will not rest until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and that Democracy demands," Trump says in the statement.

Trump is currently at his Virginia golf course.

11:52 a.m. ET, November 7, 2020

This is the moment CNN called the presidential race for Joe Biden

CNN
CNN

After days of waiting, CNN's Wolf Blitzer called the presidential race for Joe Biden at 11:24 a.m. ET.

"After four long tense days, we've reached a historic moment in this election. We can now project the winner of the presidential race. CNN projects Joseph R. Biden Jr. is elected the 46th president of the United States, winning the White House and denying President Trump a second term," Blitzer said. "We're able to make this projection because CNN projects Biden wins Pennsylvania."

Blitzer added: "The former vice president, in his third run for the highest office, pulling off a rare defeat of the sitting commander in chief. With this victory, Kamala Harris is set to become the first woman and the first person of color to be the vice president. Again, CNN projects Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States. Jake, he is now president elect Joe Biden."

Watch the moment Blitzer announced CNN's projection:

11:49 a.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Jake Tapper: "The son of Scranton and the daughter of immigrants are headed to the White House"

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

As Kamala Harris made history as the first woman of color to be Vice President, CNN's Dana Bash commented on Black women finally seeing representation:

"The Democratic Party has been alive on the backs of — and through the hard work of — Black women for many, many years, and now, they finally see representation. And that is a huge thing," she said. "100 years ago, this year, women got the right to vote. 55 years ago this year, Black Americans were told that it could be easier for them to vote with the Voting Rights Act. That was after so much bloodshed, so much protests, and now, after all of that time, a Black woman has made history. " 

CNN's Abby Phillip commented on what this moment represents to millions in this country:

"Her path to this moment, I think, is fairly unconventional. She was one of the first major candidates to drop out of the Democratic field, but was someone who, I think, in the Party believed always had so much promise," she said. "One of the roles that she will play for Joe Biden is helping him bridge that gap between the Joe Biden who has been in Washington for decades and decades, the old guard, the 70 something-year-old White man, with the younger part of the party that is clambering to be heard. They feel like their futures are on the line, especially after the last four years. And I think a lot of them are looking to Kamala Harris to give voice to that."

CNN's Jake Tapper added:

"The son of Scranton and the daughter of immigrants are headed to the white house. It is a sign of what can happen in this country. You can become anything you want to be."
11:54 a.m. ET, November 7, 2020

"He is in this fight," Trump campaign manager says

From CNN's Kaitlan Collins

Campaign Manager Bill Stepien, left, listens as President Donald Trump visits his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, November 3.
Campaign Manager Bill Stepien, left, listens as President Donald Trump visits his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, November 3. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Moments before CNN projected that Joe Biden will win the presidency, President Trump's campaign manager insisted to staff that their candidate still has a path to victory. 

While providing an update on the legal challenges surrounding the election, Bill Stepien told officials:

"He is in this fight. He is in this fight...These are razor thin margins. We are not giving up the fight in these places. We are not giving up the fight."

It was a private call, but CNN was provided access by a source affiliated with the reelection effort. 

Stepien argued Trump still has a path to victory in Arizona and Pennsylvania while providing an overview of where things stand as vote counting is ongoing. 

He railed against the high volume of mail-in voting and insisted officials believe they stand “a very good chance” of emerging as the winner if the race proves to be close.

Stepien insisted the call wasn't about fundraising but then solicited donations to the legal defense fund. "Again, this is not a fundraising solicitation, but that is an avenue to help."

11:50 a.m. ET, November 7, 2020

Biden campaign manager was on a run when she heard the news

From CNN's Arlette Saenz and Sarah Mucha 

Biden Campaign manager Jen O'Malley Dillon was on a run. Her mother called to tell her about CNN’s call for Joe Biden, she said told the print pool in Wilmington, Delaware, as she returned.

Asked how she felt about Joe Biden becoming the 46th president of the United States, she said:

"Ecstatic – a great day for this county."