published Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Thompson backs changes to presidential elections

NASHVILLE — Ex-U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson has been tapped as a leader to a non-partisan campaign to elect the president by popular vote.

Thompson, briefly a presidential candidate in 2008, was named national co-champion of the National Popular Vote campaign at a news conference in Washington, D.C.

Thompson told The Tennessean that the country cannot “run the risk of having a president who is handicapped by not having won the most popular votes.”

Proponents of the idea say the current system, in which the winner of a state earns all the electoral votes, means that a few states decide who is president and other states, including Tennessee, are ignored.

Joining Thompson on Thursday as co-champions were ex-Iowa Gov. Chet Culver, a Democrat, and former Republican Gov. Jim Edgar of Illinois.

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patriot1 said...

I cannot believe Fred Thompson is backing such a lame idea. We are slowly chipping away at everything that makes us a constitutional republic. I would much rather see a move to repeal the 17th ammendment and get us BACK to where we were. Roger Sherman is surely turning in his grave.

May 15, 2011 at 4:07 p.m.
rolando said...

The day we eliminate the electoral college is the day the most populous states control the country. Why not make the number of Senators reflect the population, too?

May 15, 2011 at 4:32 p.m.
Facts said...

Fred Thompson "backs" a paycheck for Fred Thompson. He lobbied for trial lawyers to keep the junk lawsuits up. Now, he "backs" destroying the Contstitution. He joins the ranks: Politician for sale.

May 15, 2011 at 8:52 p.m.
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