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BY: Mikhael Smits
Democratic presidential hopeful and failed Texas Senate candidate Robert Francis O'Rourke expressed support Tuesday for abolishing the Electoral College.
Speaking - Engagement - Penn - State - MSNBC
While departing a speaking engagement at Penn State, MSNBC reporter Garrett Haake asked O'Rourke, who goes by "Beto," about his view on the question. "Last night, Elizabeth Warren suggested getting rid of the Electoral College. Is that an idea you would support?" he asked.
"I think there's— there's a lot to that," O'Rourke replied.
Monday - Night - Sen - Elizabeth - Warren
On Monday night, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) revealed her support for abolishing the Electoral College. "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," she said during a CNN town hall.
O'Rourke argued it was undemocratic that President Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016 without winning the popular vote. "You had an election in 2016 in which the loser got three million more votes than the victor," O'Rourke said. The United States is a constitutional republic, however, not a democracy.
Texas - Congressman - Electoral - College - Candidates
The former Texas congressman argued the Electoral College encouraged candidates to campaign in specific states where the results were uncertain, rather than competing for votes in solidly Democratic or Republican states. "It puts some states out of play altogether," he said. "They don't feel like their votes really count."
He argued that abolishing the Electoral...
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