Hillary Clinton calls for elimination of the Electoral College

Hillary Clinton calls for elimination of the Electoral College
Hillary Clinton kicks off her book tour of her memoir of the 2016 presidential campaign titled, "What Happened," at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square on Tuesday in New York. Clinton said she believes the Electoral College should be eliminated. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton called for the elimination of the Electoral College during a CNN interview Wednesday.

Host Anderson Cooper noted that Clinton refers to the “godforsaken Electoral College” in her new memoir about the election, titled, “What Happened.”

Although Clinton — a former first lady and secretary of state — won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, she failed to secure the requisite number of electoral votes to win the White House.

Not the first time

Cooper asked Clinton if she thought the system should be eliminated.

“I said that in 2000,” Clinton said, referring to former Vice President Al Gore’s loss to President George W. Bush. Gore also won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College.

“If you look at our recent history, we’ve had several candidates, nominees, who’ve won the popular vote and lost the Electoral College,” she said. “What does that say? It says that an anachronism that was designed for another time no longer works.”

Clinton said she would support a “one person one vote” system.

“I think it needs to be eliminated, I’d like to see us move beyond it, yes,” she added of the Electoral College.

Dealing with the loss

During the interview, Clinton also discussed utilizing “alternate nostril breathing” to relax in the aftermath of her loss.

“I found it quite helpful,” she said.

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