CNN political commentator Paul Begala said presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren(D-MA) may be on to something when she called for getting rid of the electoral college during her town hall on Monday.
“You know, come a general election, presidential candidates don’t come to places like Mississippi. Yeah. They also don’t come to places like California and Massachusetts, right? Because we’re not the battleground states. Well, my view is that 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,” Warren said to roaring applause.
“I think Democrats will love this, and here’s why. Democrats have won the vote of the people in six of the last seven presidential elections. In all of American history, no party has had that kind of run at dominance. Never. Not even the Republicans after the Civil War,” Begala said. “They went 6 out of 7 presidential elections in the popular vote, but they’ve only taken office in four of those seven. So it’s a radical notion that the people of the United States should pick the president of the United States.”
The former President Clinton adviser criticized the electoral college as a “vestige” from the Founding Fathers.
“The Founders, if you read the Federalist Papers, they were terribly worried about a charismatic populist backed and influenced by foreign power somehow taking office, even though he is a demagogue, and the electoral college could be a check against that. Democrats think, ‘Well if it was ever going to work, it would have worked against Donald Trump,’ who lost the popular vote and who many Democrats believe is a demagogue backed by foreign powers. And it didn’t work, nor by the way should it, I think and many Democrats think that it should be a popular vote. I think Elizabeth Warren is on to something.”
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