Biden calls midterm election “a good day” for democracy

Washington — Coming off an Election Day in which Democrats seemingly Exceeded expectations and overcame historical trends in the battle for control of Congress, a smiling and emboldened President Biden said he plans to do “nothing” different in his approach to the presidency, and offered a message for the millions of voters who don’t want him to run again: “Watch me.”

Mr. Biden fielded reporters’ questions at the White House for about an hour Wednesday, in keeping with a tradition of presidents holding news conferences following midterm elections. Mr. Biden, who said it’s his “intention” to run again but gave no definitive answer on that front, called Tuesday a “strong night” for Democrats.

“It was a good day, I think, for democracy,” Mr. Biden said. “And I think it was a good day for America. … Our 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.”

CBS News currently estimates the fight for the House is leaning in Republicans’ favor, and the battle for the Senate remains a toss-up, as several key races in the upper chamber are still unresolved. Democrats picked up a Senate seat in Pennsylvania, where CBS News projected Lt. Govt. John Fetterman defeated Republican Mehmet Oz, who conceded the race on Wednesday.

Overnight, a top White House official told CBS News senior White House correspondent Weijia Jiang there was a mix of “excitement” and “validation” as returns showed there was no “red wave” of Republican victories in House and Senate races. Although Democrats have lost some House seats, White House officials see a victory in the relatively moderate or low number of losses compared to midterms under previous presidents. As of early Wednesday morning, they were “cautiously optimistic” about keeping the Senate.

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