Senator Cruz objects to the electoral college submission of Arizona

By | January 6, 2021

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We gather together at a moment of great Division At a moment of great passion We have seen and no doubt will continue To see A great deal of moralizing from both Sides of the aisle But i would urge to both sides perhaps A bit less certitude And a bit more recognition that we are Gathered at a time when democracy Is in crisis recent polling shows that 39 percent of americans Believe the election that just occurred Quote Was rigged you may not agree with that Assessment But it is nonetheless a reality for Nearly half the country I would note it is not just republicans Who believe that 31 of independents Agree with that statement 17 Of democrats believe the election was Rigged Even if you do not share that conviction It is the responsibility i believe of This office to acknowledge that is a Profound threat to this country And to the legitimacy of any Administrations that will come In the future i want to take a moment to Speak to my democratic colleagues I understand your guy is winning right

Now If democrats vote as a block Joe biden will almost certainly be Certified as the next president of the United states I want to speak to the republicans who Are considering voting against these Objections I understand your concerns but i urge You to pause and think What does it say to the nearly half the Country That believes this election was rigged If we vote Not even to consider the claims Of illegality and fraud in this election And i believe there’s a better way the Leaders just spoke about setting aside The election let me Be clear i am not arguing for setting Aside the result of this election All of us are faced with two choices Both of which are lousy One choice is vote against the objection And tens of millions of americans will See a vote against the objection As a statement that voter fraud doesn’t Matter isn’t real And shouldn’t be taken seriously And a great many of us don’t believe That on the other hand Most if not all of us believe we should Not set aside the results of an election Just because our candidate may not have

Prevailed And so i endeavored to look for door Number three a third option and for that I look to history To the president of the 1876 election The hayes tilden election where this Congress Appointed an electoral commission to Examine claims of voter fraud five house Members Five senators five supreme court Justices Examine the evidence and render to Judgment And what i would urge of this body is That we do the same That we appoint an electoral commission To conduct a 10-day emergency audit consider The evidence and resolve the claims for Those on the democratic aisle who says Say there is no evidence they’ve been Rejected then you should rest in comfort If that’s the case an electoral Commission would reject those claims But for those who respect the voters Simply telling the voters Go jump in a lake the fact that you have Deep concerns is of no moment to us That jeopardizes i believe the Legitimacy Of this and subsequent elections the Constitution Gives to congress the responsibility

This day To count the votes the framers knew what They were doing when they gave Responsibilities to to congress We have a responsibility And i would urge that we follow the Precedent of eighteen seventy seven The electoral count act explicitly Allows objections such as this one For votes that were not regularly given And let me be clear this objection is For the state of arizona but it is Broader than that It is an objection for all six of the Contested states To have a credible objective impartial Body Hear the evidence and make A conclusive determination that would Benefit Both sides that would improve legitimacy Of this election And so let me urge my colleagues All of us take our responsibility Seriously I would urge my colleagues don’t take Perhaps the easy path But instead act together astonish The viewers and act in a bipartisan Sense to say we will have a credible and Fair tribunal Consider the claims consider the facts Consider the evidence And make a conclusive determination

Whether and to what extent This election complied with the Constitution and with Federal law

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