In response, President Donald Trump slammed the idea on Twitter - but back in 2012, he'd described the Electoral College as a "disaster for our democracy". The brilliance of the Electoral College is that you must go to many States to win. But now Colorado has joined 11 other states in support of the movement use a popular vote to elect the president.
"We need to make sure that every vote counts", Warren said. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., of using the national popular vote to elect US 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.
A second Democratic presidential contender, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, addressed the issue while speaking to students at Penn State University on Tuesday.
"I think there's a lot to that".
Under the Constitution, states have the power to determine how they award their electoral votes in national elections.
On Monday, Democratic nominee Elizabeth Warren used her bully pulpit to call for the end of the electoral college.
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But his opinion has changed and tonight he tweeted that the electoral college is "far better for the U.S.A".
After making the highly controversial remarks, O'Rourke was confronted by a reporter who asked him how he would have voted on the bill if he was in the Senate.
Warren echoed her call the same day, saying, "It's not just about expansion, it's about depoliticizing the Supreme Court".
Pete Buttigieg, a likely Democratic candidate and 37-year-old progressive mayor of South Bend, Indiana, proposed an identical plan in New Hampshire a week before O'Rourke. For a more accurate and historically factual reading of how the electoral college came to be, check out this very interesting op-ed from February by the great Jamelle Bouie, who documents the very messy and, even then, controversial compromises our forefathers made to bring the electoral college to life.
"Obviously, I'd like to see a court that is in line with my values". "The question to me is how do we arrest the decline in the perception of the court toward being viewed as a nakedly political institution". During Barack Obama's presidency, many predicted he may benefit from an Electoral College advantage.
President Trump appears with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro during a joint news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House on Tuesday. "We would have no interest in that whatsoever ..." "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". "So if they can't catch up through the ballot box by winning an election, they want to try doing it in a different way".