Al Gore appeared on Current TV last night and dropped what was an interesting little bomb for politicos: he called for the end of the electoral college.
Appearing with the network’s Elliot Spitzer, Cenk Uygur and Jennifer Granholm, Gore said, “I have strong views on that.” He should—he won the popular vote in 2000 and ended up losing the election. He admitted, “Even after the 2000 election, I supported the idea of the electoral college.”
But no more. Gore argued that the electoral college was outdated in a time when an accurate one-person one-vote system is possible technologically. “The logic is it knits the country together, prevents regional conflicts, and it goes back through our history wtih some legitimate concerns. But since I’ve given a lot of thought to it and I’ve seen how these states are just written off and ignored, and people are affectively disenfranchised in the presidential race, I really do now think it’s time to change that.”
The relevancy or need for the electoral college in elections is debated fiercely, but Elliot Spitzer weighed in with another interesting point about how it affects more than just elections: “The other element is it affects governance. …A Republican president who knows he’s never going to get California or New York electoral votes is necessarily going to focus on states that are in play,” creating a state favoritism favoritism in policy decisions.
Watch the clip below.