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Warren Calls For End Of Electoral College

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at a campaign house party, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Salem, N.H. (Elise Amendola/AP)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at a campaign house party, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Salem, N.H. (Elise Amendola/AP)
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Elizabeth Warren supports the elimination of the electoral college, the most pointed instance of the Democratic presidential candidate opposing the polarizing mechanism the nation uses to elect its presidents.

Warren has been critical of the electoral college before. The Massachusetts senator said last year that President Donald Trump's 2016 victory, despite Democrat Hillary Clinton winning 3 million more votes than him, is "not exactly the sign of a healthy democracy."

But Warren's comments Monday during a Mississippi town hall broadcast on CNN represent her most straightforward endorsement of an end to the electoral college system.

Warren says, "I think everybody ought to have to come and ask for your vote."

During the town hall, Warren also said she was embracing a congressional proposal to study a framework for reparations to African-Americans hurt by the legacy of slavery as the best way to begin a "national, full-blown conversation" on the issue. She first voiced support for reparations last month, becoming one of three 2020 Democratic candidates to do so.

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