Trump defends electoral college after Warren, O’Rourke call to abolish it

O'Rourke's campaign says he'll visit every county in New Hampshire this week

O'Rourke's campaign says he'll visit every county in New Hampshire this week. Britta Greene New Hampshire Public Radio

More and more Democrats, including some 2020 presidential candidates, are floating radical ideas like abolishing the Electoral College and expanding the Supreme Court beyond nine justices.

The compact only goes into effect when it includes states representing 270 electoral votes, the majority needed to win the White House. "With the Popular Vote, you go to just the large States - the Cities would end up running the Country".

Warren says, "I think everybody ought to have to come and ask for your vote". Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., of using the national popular vote to elect USA presidents rather than the electoral college - a position that has also been articulated by South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and is under consideration by other 2020 Democratic candidates.

Beto O'Rourke, a former Texas congressman-turned-Democratic presidential candidate, told students at Penn State University on March 19 that there is "a lot of wisdom" in abandoning the longstanding institution.

Two times in the past 20 years a Republican won the presidential election while receiving less national votes than his Democratic challenger - in 2000, George W. Bush defeated Al Gore and in 2016 Donald Trump bested Hillary Clinton, The Washington Times reported.

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"I think one of the distinctions is I have a background of having been a leader, and I think that the voters are going to decide who will be the next commander and chief, the President of the Untied States, based on experience of leading", said Harris.

Under the Constitution, states have the power to determine how they award their electoral votes in national elections.

But his opinion has changed and tonight he tweeted that the electoral college is "far better for the U.S.A". Most states have winner-take-all laws, which award all their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes within the state.

"Obviously, I'd like to see a court that is in line with my values".

"It'll never happen. I guarantee it won't happen for six years", Trump said, referring to his remaining time in office should he win re-election. "When I talk about universal guaranteed high quality healthcare for everyone this country, it's primary health care, it's mental health care, and it's women's health care and I'll tell you why".

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