Pete Buttigieg Wants to Eliminate the Electoral College: ‘It’s Made Our Society Less and Less Democratic’

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana is an underdog in the 2020 presidential race, but he’s hoping a radical idea will get him some buzz.

“We’ve got to repair our democracy, the electoral college needs to go because it’s made our society less and less democratic,” he said on “CBS This Morning” on Thursday.

“We can talk about a lot of different policy ideas and will on everything from security to healthcare,” Buttigieg continued. “But our party has this tendency to lead with the policies, go with the 14-point plan and give you the binders and the powerpoints, first we got to explain our values and explain why the Democrats are committed to freedom, to democracy, to security and that democracy piece has to be fixed before anything else will go well in this country.”

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Some Democrats have been frustrated with the electoral college as now two recent presidential elections were won by Republican candidates who lost the popular vote: former President Geroge W. Bush in 2000 and President Donald Trump in 2016.

Buttigieg tweeted about electoral college reform back in October, his first social media post taking a stance on the issue.

Both Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have shown their support for eliminating the electoral college.

Clinton, who would be president now if the election was determined by popular vote, tweeted in September that “you won’t be surprised to hear” that she was in support of abolishing the Electoral College.

Even Trump touted his support for getting rid of the electoral college four years before he won the presidency.

If elected, Buttigieg will be the first millennial and first openly gay president and, at 37-years-old, the youngest president ever.

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Allen Zabel

Earth to Pete:
If this happens, your measly little vote, will never count.
California and New York, will be voting in every President, from the time that is passed.
Either ignorance is bliss, or this guy, just wants his fifteen minutes of fame.

Dennis Lowry

We are not a democracy; we are a republic that guarantees every state the right to vote via the electoral college; otherwise the largest states CA, NY, TX would control all of the discussions.

Rocky Drummond

Some states have initiated an end-run around the Electoral College. It may soon be irrelevant.

Phyllis Softa

Always good to have younger perspectives in the debate. But, I differ with Pete on the need for details. We spent 8 yrs asking how R’s would fulfill their pledges of repealing and replacing Obamacare. How did that slogan work out for the individuals that bought the slogan but refused to press their candidates for details? How do you convince those in Congress that are 100% opposed to your ideas to do a 180 and support them? Learn from the mistakes of others, don’t repeat them.

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