South Bend, Indiana Mayor and 2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg joined his liberal colleagues over the weekend and called for the elimination of the Electoral College; claiming America isn’t “much of a Democracy” because of our unique election process.
“We can’t say it’s much of a democracy when twice in my lifetime, the Electoral College has overruled the American people … Let’s pick our President by counting up all the ballots and giving it to the woman or man who got the most votes,” said the Democratic challenger.
.@PeteButtigieg: "We can’t say it’s much of a democracy when twice in my lifetime, the Electoral College has overruled the American people … Let’s pick our President by counting up all the ballots and giving it to the woman or man who got the most votes" https://t.co/ak42dRUf5R pic.twitter.com/EpCC54432k
— CNN (@CNN) April 14, 2019
Buttigieg has been making major inroads in the crowded primary field in recent weeks; rising to third place in the latest polls behind Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden.
PLAN B: Elizabeth Warren Officially Calls for the Abolishment of the ELECTORAL COLLEGE
Firebrand Senator and potential 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren called for the abolishment of the Electoral College Monday night; saying the US needs a “constitutional amendment” to ensure “every vote is counted.”
Warren was speaking with supporters at town hall event in Mississippi when she called for the drastic reconfiguration of the century’s old American election process.
“I believe we need a constitutional amendment that protects the right to vote for every American citizen and makes sure that vote gets counted,” said Warren.
Every vote matters. We need to get rid of the Electoral College so that presidential candidates have to ask every American in every part of the country for their vote, not just those in battleground states. #WarrenTownHall pic.twitter.com/UT3mYHXHQ2
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) March 19, 2019
“We need to put some federal muscle behind that, and we need to repeal every one of the voter suppression laws that is out there,” she added. “Every vote matters, and the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting, and that means get rid of the Electoral College.”
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PLAN B: Cory Booker Endorses End of the Electoral College, Says ‘Most Votes’ Should Win
Senator Cory Booker delivered his first televised town hall event on CNN this week; siding with his fellow Democratic challengers and endorsing the end of the Electoral College in future presidential elections.
“My question is: Do you believe that there should be some type of reform to the Electoral College, or should it remain as it is?” asked one audience member.
“Thank you for the question. I believe very simply that in presidential elections, the person with the most votes should be the president of the United States,” said Booker. “But I want to tell you, for us ever to get to a point where we can address that issue, we have got to win this next election under the rules that are there now.”