It's surprising the vice president is proclaiming victory at what he perceives to be a 51 percent popular vote victory.
It has always been my belief that the vice president and the president take an oath of office to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution. This same document clearly states that the president and vice president will claim victory only after a majority of the states' electoral votes are tallied (50 percent plus 1 or 270 under today's totaling).
Were the governor of Texas to add Florida's 25 electoral votes to the tally he will not only have surpassed the 270 necessary electoral votes but will have also beat the ClintonGore popular vote totals in each of the previous elections in which only 40-42 percent of the popular vote was garnered by President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore.
It is also odd that the first lady is now promoting an end to the Electoral College, when eight years ago such action would have caused George Herbert Walker Bush to remain president.
As a Democratic candidate for office in the Central Savannah River Area, it is disheartening to see the vice president act like a spoiled brat.
Paul G. Hammond III, Edgefield
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