Barrasso Accepts Biden As President-Elect

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Sen. John Barrasso said Sunday during an appearance on Fox News with Chris Wallace that he believes former Vice President Joe Biden is the president-elect and will take over the seat from President Donald Trump in just one month.

“Let me ask you directly: will Joe Biden be the next president of the United States?” Wallace asked the senator.

“Yes, he will,” Barrasso said.

Barrasso had been hesitant to admit to Biden’s victory until the Electoral College certified the results last week. He told Wallace during his appearance on Sunday that he was one of the many Wyoming residents and 70 million people across the country who voted for Trump in the November election.

However, he wasn’t quite as vocal about the possibility of voter fraud, unlike U.S. Sen.-elect Cynthia Lummis, who supported the idea of Gov. Mark Gordon potentially joining a multi-state lawsuit contesting the validity of many presidential votes.

Wallace also questioned Barrasso on whether or not Senate Republicans would delay confirming many of Biden’s cabinet picks, similar to the same way (Barrasso believed) the Democrats did to Trump’s cabinet in 2017.

“It looks like the Biden cabinet would be a third term of the Obama administration, and that didn’t really sit well in Wyoming,” he said. “We’ll have hearings and ask the tough questions, but we are not going to forget what happened with Trump’s administration.”

The senator added that he was taking personal interest in Biden’s Secretary of Energy pick, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, as she isn’t a big proponent of using fossil fuels.

“The impact of that on our economy, on jobs, it cuts the throat of my state,” Barrasso said.

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