January 8th, 2009
01:45 PM ET

Q&A with Candy Crowley: President-Elect Obama, making it official

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CNN’s Candy Crowley and Kyra Phillips

Kyra Phillips: Candy Crowley watching I guess this peculiar piece of Americana, right Candy? We were talking earlier on the phone and you said Mr. Obama really has not been the President-Elect since November.

Candy Crowley: This makes it official. In the constitution congress has to do this, and that is count the electoral votes. Listen we all know how its going to come out, let me just take the suspense out, 365 to 173, Barack Obama wins over McCain but this is something they have to do. It looks very much, if you see that picture, it looks a lot like a state of the union address. The president pro-tem of the senate which is Dick Cheney, is supposed to preside if he is not there. We will see Senator Robert Byrd, the longest serving member of the senate. He's from West Virginia. So, it is pro-forma but it is also what makes it legal.

Kyra Phillips: And also, too, I mean, the electoral college, how many times have we had to do electoral college 101 because nobody really understood what it was, now we are looking at it, here it is in action, this is our history, this our democracy at work, so there is probably another little factor that we should probably talk about and that is that faithless elector. And, that could kind of throw a wrench into this process.

Candy Crowley: Is that the best term? I love that- faithless elector. And now we could see in fact that Dick Cheney will be there. I believe that was him going by there. So in any case, faithless electors. There haven't been much of those. But basically, that's someone that doesn't cast his electoral vote the way his state voted. In recent history the last time we saw that was in 1969 when a North Carolina Elector voted for George Wallace instead of Richard Nixon. So there was a big challenge to that and the senate and the house went into their separate places and voted on it, and in fact, that electoral vote for George Wallace was allowed to be cast. So, in order to get any more challenges from those faithless electors, you have to go back to 1877 which we all know is the Hayes/Tilden race.

Filed under: 2008 Election • Barack Obama • Candy Crowley
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. lampe

    Gene: Only time will tell what kind of President Obama will be. People voted for GWB, with the same hopes as those voting for Obama. Only time will tell. I don't think is says much for people to keep on bashing one another. Remarks like yours against Gov. Palin, will only anger her supporters more, thus not letting them give the benefit of doubt to Obama.

    January 8, 2009 at 7:46 pm |
  2. Annie Kate

    I hope one day we can get rid of the electoral college and elect our President on the basis of popular vote only. We saw in 2000 that you can win the popular vote yet lose the electoral college and I doubt that it made anyone happy much – except for Bush and his supporters. Until such time though I hope the electors will keep faith with the people whose vote they represent.

    January 8, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  3. Gene Penszynski from Vermont

    Right on ! Thank You America for showing good common sense and judgement. The nightmare of Sarah Palin with her trailor park lifestyle and 'friends' as a Vice President wouldhave been a worse threat to our national prestige, image and honor than al_Quieda bombing the White House !

    January 8, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  4. Mary V., Salt Lake City, UT

    Oh HAPPY DAY! Thank God for our President-elect Obama..... who won a decisive victory, 365 electoral votes vs. 173 "for the other one"!

    January 8, 2009 at 2:05 pm |