Politics Hillary Clinton: Time to abolish the Electoral College

05:40  14 september  2017
05:40  14 september  2017 Source:   CNN

Hillary: Bernie's attacks 'paved the way' for Trump

  Hillary: Bernie's attacks 'paved the way' for Trump Excerpts released from Hillary Clinton's upcoming book What Happened, looking at her failed 2016 presidential campaign, shows that the former secretary of State blames her defeat at least partly on her primary rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders. In passages shared on social media, Clinton said that because she and Sanders agreed on most policy issues, the Vermont senator resorted to "innuendo and impugning my character." "His attacks caused lasting damage, making it harder to unify progressives in the general election and paving the way for Trump's 'Crooked Hillary' campaign," wrote Clinton.

The Left certainly was hammering this point home after President-elect Donald J. Trump’s upset win over Hillary Clinton on November 8 and now The New York Times has joined the “let’s abolish the Electoral College because our gal lost” bandwagon.

Ideas. In November 2000, newly elected New York Senator Hillary Clinton promised that when she took office in 2001, she would introduce a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College , the 18th-century, state-by-state, winner-take-all system for selecting the president.

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Hillary Clinton told CNN on Wednesday that it is time to abolish the Electoral College, part of a sweeping interview where the former Democratic nominee sought to explain why she lost the 2016 election.

Hillary: Bernie's attacks 'paved the way' for Trump

  Hillary: Bernie's attacks 'paved the way' for Trump Excerpts released from Hillary Clinton's upcoming book What Happened, looking at her failed 2016 presidential campaign, shows that the former secretary of State blames her defeat at least partly on her primary rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders. In passages shared on social media, Clinton said that because she and Sanders agreed on most policy issues, the Vermont senator resorted to "innuendo and impugning my character." "His attacks caused lasting damage, making it harder to unify progressives in the general election and paving the way for Trump's 'Crooked Hillary' campaign," wrote Clinton.

Hillary Clinton told CNN on Wednesday that it is time to abolish the Electoral College , part of a sweeping interview where the former Democratic nominee sought to explain why she lost the 2016 election . Clinton , in the interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper

(CNN) — Hillary Clinton told CNN on Wednesday that it is time to abolish the Electoral College , part of a sweeping interview where the former Democratic nominee sought to explain why she lost the 2016 election .

Clinton, in the interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, displayed her animus for fired FBI Director James Comey, reflected on her love for the people -- namely former President Bill Clinton -- who helped her get through the crushing loss and blasted the arcane election body that she believes helped Donald Trump win the presidency.

"I think it needs to be eliminated," Clinton said of the Electoral College. "I'd like to see us move beyond it, yes."

Clinton won the 2016 popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, a fact she routinely brings up in her new memoir. But Trump won the Electoral College, a body of 538 members who select the president based on the popular vote in each state, meaning the person who gets the most votes nationally doesn't necessarily win the election.

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As of this week, Hillary Clinton now leads Donald Trump in the popular vote by a record breaking 2.5 million votes, the New York Times reports. One petition on MoveOn.org received 584,788 signatures to abolish the Electoral College in the wake of the election results, and New York City mayor Bill

Hillary Clinton told CNN on Wednesday that it is time to abolish the Electoral College , part of a sweeping interview where the former Democratic nominee sought to explain why she lost the 2016 election .

The Electoral College is just one external factor Clinton blames for her stunning loss to Trump in her newly released memoir, "What Happened." Clinton also faults Comey for his "rash" involvement in the election, Russian President Vladimir Putin for directing operatives to meddle in the election and apathetic voters who only got engaged once the election was over and Trump had won.

NEW YORK, NY : Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signs copies of her new book © Drew Angerer/Getty Images NEW YORK, NY : Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signs copies of her new book "What Happened" during a book signing event at Barnes and Noble bookstore September 12, 2017 in New York City. Clinton's book, which focuses on her 2016 election loss to President Donald Trump, goes on sale today. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

But Clinton also blames herself in the book, writing that she did not fully understand the American electorate and failed to understand with the anger that animated Trump.

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Hillary Clinton appears to have won the nationwide popular vote. As of about 1 PM eastern time , the tally was roughly 58,909,774 votes (47.6%) for Clinton But if we are to have anything that resembles a democracy, the Electoral College must be abolished . Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman are

Clinton said Wednesday that October 28, the day that Comey sent a letter to Congress saying he was reopening part of his investigation into Clinton's emails, was the day she lost the election.

"That was the determinative day because it stopped my momentum," she said. "I don't blame voters for wondering what the heck was going on."

Comey, Clinton added, "forever changed history" by reopening the email investigation just to close it days before Election Day.

"I believe ... it became a perfect storm," Clinton said of Comey and Russia's involvement in the election, adding that she hopes "nobody ever faces what I faced with respect to that."

After the 2000 election, when former Vice President Al Gore won the popular vote but lost the electoral college and the presidency, Clinton also called for an end to the Electoral College.

"I believe strongly that in a democracy, we should respect the will of the people and to me, that means it's time to do away with the Electoral College and move to the popular election of our president," she told reporters at the time.

Clinton: I beat Sanders in a ‘landslide’

  Clinton: I beat Sanders in a ‘landslide’ Hillary Clinton is responding to criticism of her presidential campaign by supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) by noting that she beat Sanders in the Democratic primary in a "landslide."During an interview with NPR on Tuesday, Clinton was asked about her response to those who say she ran in 2016 as a candidate who believed it was her turn to be president.

Leading the pack, predictably, is New York Senator-elect Hillary Clinton who lost no time voicing support for abolition saying, “I believe strongly that in a democracy we should respect the will of the people and, to me, that means it’s time to do away with the Electoral College and move to the

Bill Maher discussed abolishing the Electoral College and uniting a divided nation on the first 'Real Time ' episode under President-elect Trump. Donald Trump, discussing how the mogul became commander-in-chief despite getting 500,000 (and counting) less votes than Hillary Clinton .

Rehashing the election

Another person drawing Clinton's ire in what has amounted to her political burn book: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who challenged Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2016.

Clinton writes that Sanders' attacks on her caused "lasting damage" and laid the groundwork for Trump's campaign against her. In her interview with CNN, Clinton says the "political sin" Sanders committed was not unifying the party fast enough by dropping out of the race once his campaign was clearly over.

"The political sin he committed was the failure to move quickly to unify the party and his supporters," she said. "It was clear I was going to be the nominee, like, in March or April. It was beyond any doubt in June."

Clinton said she immediately backed Barack Obama in 2008 when her campaign was over, but that she "didn't get that same respect and reciprocity from Sen. Sanders or from his supporters."

"He could be helpful, if he so chose," Clinton said.

Support

Despite the sting of her loss -- and the wrongs Clinton appears eager to right -- the former secretary of state was also hopeful in her interview, particularly when she spoke about the support she has received from her daughter, Chelsea, her husband and other people close to her.

Clinton said she "wanted to make clear" in her book that politics is not everything in life and "pull the curtain back and say, 'I lost a presidential campaign that I thought I was going to win. It was devastating. But I have so many blessings in my life, starting with my husband and the life we've built together.' "

Clinton emotionally reflected on the darker moments of her marriage to former president, conceding that she had to answer "hard questions" about their relationship in the 1990s.

Clinton, describing her marriage in terms she rarely uses, said she "really had to struggle" with their marriage when the Clinton White House was consumed by the former President's affair with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern.

"Anybody alive in America at that time knows how difficult that period was. And, you know, I really had to struggle. And I had a lot of angst," she said. "I had to call back on my faith and my family, my friends."

The candor about her marriage mimics the tone of Clinton's book, where she writes that in the face of the Lewinsky controversy, she asked herself "do I still love him" and "can I still be in this marriage without becoming unrecognizable to myself"?

Clinton told CNN that in the darkest moment of her marriage she resolved not to make "a decision that other people wanted me to make."

"I was going make my decision. And it was based on those two questions and the life we had built together," Clinton said. "And I'm very glad that that's the way I chose to continue my life."

Analysis: Why the Electoral College isn't going anywhere .
Hillary Clinton is no fan of the Electoral College. "I think it needs to be eliminated," Clinton told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Wednesday night. "I'd like to see us move beyond it, yes." Here's the thing: That ain't happening. You wouldn't know that from listening to Democrats, who are absolutely up in arms following the second presidential election of the past five in which the winner of the popular vote didn't win the White House. (Both losers were Democrats.)Here's a quick Electoral College Cliffs Notes: Basically, when you vote you aren't really voting for Donald Trump or Clinton.

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