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Mark Levin: ‘Why Would a Small State Be Part of the Union’ Without Electoral College?

Dimitri Simes
By Dimitri Simes | March 20, 2019 | 2:38 PM EDT

Nationally syndicated radio talk show host, TV host, author and American lawyer Mark Levin (Screenshot)

On his nationally syndicated radio talk show “The Mark Levin Show” Tuesday, host Mark Levin defended the electoral college, arguing, “Why would a small state be part of the union if all it is to be taxed to support the union?”

“The purpose of the Electoral College is to ensure that all of the country is represented, not just the population centers,” Mark Levin contended. “Why would a small state be part of the union if all it is is to be taxed to support the union? It wants a say too.”

Mark Levin’s remarks came as a response to the National Popular Vote interstate compact, an agreement among a group of states to cast their Electoral College votes for the winner of the popular vote nationwide – even if the candidate loses in their state. According to the website, 13 jurisdictions have joined the initiative.

Below is a transcript of Mark Levin’s comments from his show on Tuesday:

“And so they want to get rid of the Electoral College. The purpose of the Electoral College is to ensure that all of the country is represented, not just the population centers. Why would a small state be part of the union if all it is is to be taxed to support the union? It wants a say too.

As we’ve talked about, we have the bread basket in the Midwest – they wouldn’t be represented effectively. We have the oil patch – that wouldn’t be represented much either. Just by population, that’s where the representation would come from – that’s not appropriate. Not a democracy, we’re a republic.

“So, they’re attacking the Electoral College because they think the fastest way to win is with this national popular vote, but you’d need to change the Constitution if that’s what you want to do. But they’re trying to get past it. This National Popular Vote Initiative, or compact they call it, has states agreeing that they will cast their electoral votes – again, not for the candidate who wins the popular vote in their state, but for the candidate who wins nationwide.

“These are all blue states and one purple state that’s thrown in on this. And they want to get to 270-271 Electoral College states – that accumulates to a majority, 270. And they figure they’ve got it won. Going around the Constitution, yet again. Packing the court, going around the Constitution, yet again – something that was rejected in the 30’s, when Franklin Roosevelt attempted it, and his own party – which controlled Congress – said no. His own Vice President, who’d been Speaker of the House, he said no, and behind the scenes he was working against FDR.”

Dimitri Simes
Dimitri Simes
Dimitri Simes

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