US President Joe Biden has warned ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections that some candidates will not accept the results. A day later, he thanked poll workers and officials for safeguarding what he called America’s “sacred right to vote.”
Biden made the remarks during a White House press conference. He said democracy has been tested in recent years, but with their votes the American people have “spoken and proven once again” that democracy is “who we are.”
Biden said he was ready to work with Republicans to bring inflation down and deal with what he called Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. At the same time, he promised to veto any attempt to pass a national abortion ban.
The Republican leader in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, has still not officially seen his party return to power. But he has already predicted that he will replace Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House.
McCarthy said the election results prove that if people believe in freedom, hard work and the American dream, there is a place for them in his party. He promised Republicans will deliver an economy that helps people “fuel up and feed their families.”
The election was the first in which Gen Z candidates were of an age to run. Maxwell Frost, a 25-year-old Democrat, won a House seat in Florida to become the first member of his generation elected to Congress. He called on Americans not to “exclude young people”.