Bernie Sanders: 'Nothing Wrong' With Recount

Though it's not likely to change anything, he says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 27, 2016 10:07 AM CST
Bernie Sanders: 'Nothing Wrong' With Recount
In this Nov. 3, 2016, photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., campaigns for Hillary Clinton at the University of Cincinnati.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says "there's nothing wrong with" pursuing recounts to ensure the legitimacy of President-elect Donald Trump's Nov. 8 victory. The former Democratic presidential candidate addressed the looming recount in Wisconsin—and the prospect of others in Michigan and Pennsylvania—Sunday morning on CNN's State of the Union, reports the AP. "No one expects there to be profound change, but there's nothing wrong with going through the process." Green Party nominee Jill Stein is fighting for recounts in the three states critical to Trump's win. Hillary Clinton's team said Saturday it would join the effort. Sanders also said he would support changing the electoral college system, which allowed Trump to win the presidency even though he trails Clinton by roughly 2 million votes.

  • Trump rep Kellyanne Conway is calling Clinton's decision "incredible" and noting that Trump has not ruled out a criminal investigation. "He's been incredibly gracious and magnanimous to Secretary Clinton at a time when, for whatever reason, her folks are saying they will join in a recount to try to somehow undo the 70-plus electoral votes that he beat her by." She adds, "The idea that we are going to drag this out now where the president-elect has been incredibly magnanimous to the Clintons and to the Obamas is pretty incredible."
  • Conway has concerns with the prospect of Mitt Romney as secretary of state. Conway said, "I'm all for party unity, but I'm not sure we have to pay for that with the secretary of state position."
  • Reince Priebus says the president-elect will reverse President Obama's opening to Cuba absent any change of direction by the Cuban government. He says Trump will want some movement in the "right direction" from Cuba to continue the diplomatic relationship. Priebus cited respect for freedom of religion as an example.
  • Trump and Obama spoke for about 45 minutes on Saturday after it was announced that Fidel Castro had died, says Conway. She says the two men "talk regularly" and "get along nicely" despite strong policy disagreements. "There's a respect there."
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