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Biden acknowledges 'real brick walls' he'll face in Senate during video call with supporters

November 19, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE - NOVEMBER 16: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden looks on during a press briefing at the Queen Theater on November 16, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Mr. Biden and his advisors continue to work on the long term economic recovery plan his administration will try to put in place when he takes office. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

President-elect Joe Biden acknowledged in a private video call with supporters on Wednesday that he will face "real brick walls" in the Senate if Republicans maintain their majority but said he thinks he can overcome the political divides that may exist.

(CNN)President-elect Joe Biden acknowledged in a private video call with supporters on Wednesday that he will face "real brick walls" in the Senate if Republicans maintain their majority but said he thinks he can overcome the political divides that may exist.

"I'm hoping that the reason why my friends on the other side have not stepped up to do something is because of their fear of retribution from the President," Biden said Wednesday during a virtual roundtable with front-line health care workers.

Though he is in regular contact with Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill, Biden has yet to speak with McConnell since becoming President-elect, despite their decades-long working relationship, which has included brokering many critical legislative deals.

"I mean it when I say we got to reach out, reach out to those people who didn't vote for us, try to determine what their fears or concerns are," Biden said.

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