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Dem presidential candidate Buttigieg calls for scrapping Electoral College: It 'needs to go'

Dem presidential candidate Buttigieg calls for scrapping Electoral College: It 'needs to go'
© Greg Nash

Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic mayor of South Bend, Ind., and a 2020 presidential candidate, on Thursday called for abandoning the Electoral College, saying it has made the country less democratic.  

“We’ve got to repair our democracy. The Electoral College needs to go, because it’s made our society less and less democratic," Buttigieg said during an appearance on "CBS This Morning."

"We’ve got to explain our values and explain why Democrats are committed to freedom, to democracy, to security," Buttigieg added.

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Buttigieg, who announced his candidacy for president this month, added during the interview on "CBS This Morning" that he supports "Medicare for all," calling it the "norm in most developed countries."

He also said that the U.S. "can’t just keep doing what we’re doing" in politics.

"We can’t just keep nibbling around the edges of a system that no longer works, "Buttigieg said. "The experience of the industrial Midwest is exactly the kind of experience that politics, forgive me but here on the coast, has been ignoring. And especially in my party that’s come at a terrible cost.”