Biden touts strong Dems’ showing in midterms: ‘Giant red wave ... didn’t happen’

Speaking at a news conference Wednesday, President Biden made his first public remarks about the 2022 midterms elections, applauding the Democratic victories and noting that the expected “giant red wave” — with the Republicans winning a large number of seats in Congress — failed to materialize.

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JOE BIDEN: Well, we had an election yesterday, and it was a good day, I think, for democracy. And I think it was a good day for America. Excuse me, I'm a little hoarse.

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. The states across the country saw record voter turnout, and the heart and soul of our democracy-- the voters, the poll workers, the election officials-- they did their job, and they fulfilled their duty, and apparently without much interference at all-- without any interference it looks like. And that's a testament, I think, to the American people.

While we don't know all the results yet, at least I don't know them all yet, here's what we do know. While the press and the pundits were predicting a giant red wave, it didn't happen. And I know you were somewhat miffed by my obsessive optimism. But I felt good during the whole process. I felt we were going to do fine. While any seat lost is painful, some good Democrats didn't win last night, Democrats had a strong night.