• on November 10, 2020

List of GOP leaders standing up for a peaceful transition of presidential power

Joe Biden has been elected President of the United States, barring any credible evidence of irregularities or successful legal challenges, of which there have been none. We congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory and call for a smooth transition in the best interest of the country. We applaud the current and former Republican leaders who have stood up for democracy, and call on their colleagues to join them. 

Below is the list of prominent Republican politicians, leaders, and media figures who have stated their encouragement of the president-elect and a smooth transition, as has been an American tradition for 240 years. We will update this list as more Republicans leaders take a constructive and responsible stand.

Former President George W. Bush

“Though we have political differences, I know Joe Biden to be a good man, who has won his opportunity to lead and unify our country. The President-elect reiterated that while he ran as a Democrat, he will govern for all Americans.” 

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

“Congratulations President-elect @JoeBiden and Vice President-elect @KamalaHarris, and to the American people who voted in record numbers showing the strength and vibrancy of our democracy.” 

GOVERNORS

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan

“Congratulations to President-elect Biden. Everyone should want our president to succeed because we need our country to succeed. We have great challenges ahead of us as a country. Now more than ever, we need to come together as Americans.”

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker

“I congratulate President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris on their victory. 

This has been a long and divisive campaign, but now it is critical for us all to focus on the very real and immediate challenges facing this nation.”

Utah Governor-elect Spencer Cox

“Abby and I wish a heart-felt congratulations to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on the election call today. Thank you for your commitment to unite us all. We pray for you and promise to work with you to benefit the people of Utah.”

Vermont Governor Phil Scott

“I want to congratulate President-elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris. I also want to recognize this historic moment as we see the first ever woman, and the first ever person of color, reach the U.S. vice presidency. It is my greatest hope they will be successful in uniting our country and leading us forward through these difficult times.”

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine

“We need to consider the former vice president as the president-elect,” DeWine told CNN Thursday morning. “Joe Biden is the president-elect.”

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson

“I expect Joe Biden to be the next president of the United States.”

SENATORS

Senator Susan Collins, Maine

“First, I would offer my congratulations to President-elect Biden on his apparent victory – he loves this country, and I wish him every success. Presidential transitions are important, and the President-elect and the Vice-President-elect should be given every opportunity to ensure that they are ready to govern on January 20th.”

Senator Lisa Murkowski, Alaska 

“But it appears we will soon turn to the peaceful transition of power, which is fundamental to our system of democracy and ultimately honors the American people. Honoring their choice in who leads has always defined us and is the source of our exceptionalism. We must uphold that legacy, focus on bridging our divisions, and meet our challenges together as Americans.”

Senator Mitt Romney, Utah

“Ann and I extend our congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. We know both of them as people of good will and admirable character. We pray that God may bless them in the days and years ahead.”

Senator Ben Sasse, Nebraska

“Melissa and I congratulate the next president, Joe Biden, and the next vice president, Kamala Harris. Today in our house we pray for both President Trump and President-Elect Biden, that both would be wise in the execution of their respective duties during this important time in our nation.”

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

Rep. Will Hurd, Texas

“It’s time to come together. America has spoken and we must respect the decision. More unites us than divides us; we can find common ground. I hope the president-elect can embody this. I wish him good luck and I wish the president a successful final few weeks. God bless the USA!” 

Rep. Denver Riggleman, Virginia

“Christine and I extend congratulations and well wishes to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. We should all work to together in the spirit of helping America as those in “loyal opposition”… not hate.

And a special congratulations to Kamala Harris as the first woman VP.”

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Illinois

“Sofia and I extend our Congratulations to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.  Our nation deserves two competing parties who can work together when possible, and compete honorably when not.” 

Rep. Francis Rooney, Florida 

“Congratulations to Pres-elect Biden on a successful campaign. All Americans need to come together to support Pres-elect Biden. Our nation will only be successful if the new admin is. We must work together to enact bipartisan legislation & solve the problems our country faces- that is how our system of government works. We have more that unite us than divide us, and now that the heat of battle has drawn to a close we must come together for the betterment of all our citizens.” 

Rep. Paul Mitchell, Michigan

“Congratulations to President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris. This election was hard-fought by both candidates and ultimately the voters chose them for the job. America now looks to you to lead our country and unite us for the common good.”

Rep. Tom Reed, New York

“To ensure the integrity of our electoral process, we must continue to transparently count and certify all of the American people’s votes to its complete conclusion.

However, out of respect and in deference to the moment, I extend my congratulations to President-elect Bid en. We are ready to come together, work as one and help all Americans through the difficult times ahead. This will require all of us to be one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Rep. Don Young, Alaska

“I congratulate President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris and will be ready to work with their administration when it takes office.”

Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan

“The votes have been counted, the American people have spoken, and they chose Joe Biden to serve as our next President. We have to find a way to come together, bridge divisions, and focus on solutions that help the millions who are struggling. I am raising my hand and committing to working with President-elect Biden and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in Congress to do exactly that. As Frederick Douglass said, ‘I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.’”

Rep. John Curtis, Utah

“President Trump should be entitled to every legal opportunity to make his case but until a judicial decision determines wrongdoing, Joe Biden should be acknowledged as the President-Elect.”

RETIRED

Senator Bob Corker (Tennessee Ret.)

“I congratulate President-elect Biden and wish him well as he organizes to lead our country.

After 2016 and 2020, surely our country can improve our election system where results are beyond question — and beyond demagoguery from either side of the aisle.” 

Thirty former GOP congressional members sign a letter telling Trump to accept the outcome of the election: 

“As former members of Congress we swore an oath to the Constitution, we believe the statements by President Trump alleging fraud in our election are efforts to undermine the legitimacy of the election and are unacceptable. Every vote should be counted and the final outcome accepted by the participants because public confidence in the outcome of our elections is a bedrock of our democracy. Going forward it is our hope the nation will, regardless of party or persuasion, recognize that President-Elect Joe Biden has won this election.”

Rep. Mike Rogers (Michigan, Ret.)

“Our adversaries aren’t waiting for the transition to take place. @JoeBiden should receive the President’s Daily Brief (PDB) starting today. He needs to know what the latest threats are & begin to plan accordingly. This isn’t about politics; this is about national security.”

OTHER REPUBLICAN FIGURES

Hugh Hewitt, NBC/MSNBC News Contributor 

Erick Erickson

Ben Ginsberg, Election Lawyer who oversaw 2000 Presidential election litigation

Jason Downey, Georgia Board of Education

John Huntsman, former Governor and Ambassador

REPUBLICANS CALLING FOR BIDEN TO RECEIVE CLASSIFIED BRIEFINGS

Sen. James Lankford (Oklahoma)

Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa)

Sen. Marco Rubio (Florida)

Sen. John Thune (S. Dakota)

Sen. Ron Johnson (Wisconsin)

Sen. Lindsey Graham (S. Carolina)

Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio)

Sen. Josh Hawley (Missouri)

Sen. John Cornyn (Texas)

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