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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— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) January 31, 2019
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.
Are you so sure electoral college reform would be a bad issue? If nothing else, it could make places like Indiana more relevant in presidential campaigns… https://t.co/3E6KYYMvoi
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) October 25, 2018
Both Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have shown their support for eliminating the electoral college.
Clinton received almost 3 million more votes, but Trump will be the next president. It's clear the electoral college needs to be changed.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 20, 2016
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.
We need to improve and protect our elections, from instituting paper ballot backups to repairing the Voting Rights Act, getting secret money out of politics, and—you won't be surprised to hear my support for this—abolishing the Electoral College.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 18, 2018
Even Trump touted his support for getting rid of the electoral college four years before he won the presidency.
The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
If elected, Buttigieg will be the first millennial and first openly gay president and, at 37-years-old, the youngest president ever.