During a Republican primary debate last week, Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Todd Atkin told voters that he leans in favor eliminating the direct election of Senators — the right guaranteed by the 17th Amendment: [..]
A repeal of the 17th Amendment would make America fundamentally less democratic, and calling for the repeal shows a distrust of the American people. Moreover, the Amendment wasn’t enacted as some sort of federal power grab, as Akin suggests. Rather the call for the Amendment was driven largely by state legislatures and only one state, Utah, voted against it.
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