Elizabeth Warren Vows to Abolish the Electoral College If Elected
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During a campaign event in Waterloo, Iowa, Senator and 2020 Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren promised to abolish the electoral college if elected president.
Warren is not even the frontrunner in the Democratic primary yet she is already promising to change the constitution.
At the event, Warren was asked if she wanted to "get rid" of the electoral college to which she responded by saying that her goal “is to get elected and then be the last American president to be elected by the Electoral College.”
“I want the second term to be that I got elected by direct vote,” she asserted. “I’m ready.”
Warren then proudly took to Twitter, saying, “My goal is to get elected—but I plan to be the last American president to be elected by the Electoral College. I want my second term to be elected by direct vote."
The Daily Wire highlights how hard of a task it would be for Warren to abolish the electoral college. Check out what they had to say:
As with most of Warren’s presidential “plans,” there are serious problems with abolishing and replacing the Electoral College. Although it may not cost every American taxpayer an arm and a leg like her “Medicare for All” plan or her plan to wipe out student loan debt, changing a process dictated by the Constitution directly comes with its own hurdles.
The Electoral College is spelled out in the Constitution, so the Constitution would need to be amended, a process that requires the assent of two-thirds of the U.S. House of Representatives, two-thirds of the Senate, and three-fourths of the states. Although that’s happened before (and with some regularity) it hasn’t happened in decades, and with an increasingly polarized electorate — particularly one that feels the change is only “necessary” because Hillary Clinton lost the Electoral but not the popular vote — it’s unlikely to happen any time soon.
The states themselves could eliminate the Electoral College by agreeing not to send electors — and some did just that in the wake of the 2016 presidential election — but, and perhaps this is the most deeply ironic problem for Warren, states like Iowa, who don’t have the kind of population that would make them relevant in a national popular vote, probably wouldn’t agree to a system that wipes out their voice in elections.
To get there, of course, Warren faces the biggest hurdle of all: she has to get elected. And that looks less and less likely as time goes on. Warren’s campaign is now in a free-fall, losing more than 10% of its national support over the last several weeks, ever since Warren was forced to explain precisely how she plans to pay for the extensive programs in her platform.
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