Biden urges patience, expresses confidence he’ll win after votes are counted

Democratic candidate Joe Biden addressed the nation Thursday to say that “each ballot must be counted.” He also said he spoke to running mate Kamala Harris about COVID-19 and the economy.
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In the meantime, former vice president Joe Biden coming before the cameras late today. He began by talking about the terrible toll of the pandemic. So many of us focused on this election and the U.S. Is now seeing more than 100,000 new cases of the virus in 24 hours. An all-time high since this pandemic began. He then said today that we have no doubt that when the count is finished, senator Harris and I will be declared the winners. Urging Americans to stay calm and wait for the votes to be counted. ABC's Mary Bruce in Wilmington tonight. Reporter: In Wilmington today, Joe Biden greeted with cheers. Biden heading into a briefing not on election results, but on the coronavirus and its impact on the economy. When he emerged, he all but declared the race over, while still urging Americans to be patient until all the votes are counted. We have no doubt that when the count is finished senator Harris and I will be declared the winners. So I ask everyone to stay calm. All the people to stay calm. The process is working. The count is being completed. And we'll know very soon. Reporter: In his brief appearance, Biden notably not talking about the election first, but about the pandemic. Signaling to the country he's ready to move past from the campaign. Senator Harris and I just completed briefings on both covid and the economic crisis facing this nation. And we're reminded, again, of the severity of this pandemic. Cases are on the rise, nationwide, and we're nearing 240,000 deaths due to covid. And our hearts go out to each and every family that has lost a loved one to this terrible disease. That was the vice president, the former vice presiden Joe Biden late today. Mary Bruce live with us again tonight from Delaware. And Mary, W were all watching with you as we were on the air and it seemed as if Joe Biden was signaling that if elected, obviously, his first priority will be th pandemic. That's where he started today. Reporter: David, Joe Biden is clearly trying to project leadership in this moment and looking ahead to the massive challenges that he could potentially be inheriting. First and foremost, how to lead the country out of this emic. David? In meantime, Mary, what are you hearing from your sources inside the campaign? We know thattage has been set up behind you, we saw people working the equipment. It seems a though they're getting ready, they want to be ready at any time here if things go their way. Reporter: David, we have seen a flurry of activity here in the last few hours. They are testing out the stage, making sure everything is ready to go. Now, that is not to suggest that anything is about to happen any time soon, but is yet another sign of how confident they are and that Biden's team wants to be ready to declare victory if they hit 270, David. All right, Mary Bruce

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