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Tags: 2020 Elections | Trump Impeachment | durbin | iowa | caucus | results

Durbin: Time To Bring 'Quirky, Quaint' Iowa Caucus to an End

By    |   Tuesday, 04 February 2020 02:01 PM

Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin said Tuesday he thinks its time for the Democratic caucus in Iowa to come to an end, even is it a "quirky, quaint tradition, which should come to an end."

"As we try to make voting easier for people across America, the Iowa caucus is the most painful situation we currently face for voting," the Illinois Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "People who work all day, pick up the kids at daycare, do you think they're headed to the caucus next? Of course not."

But instead, there must be a means for voters to express themselves that is reliable, Durbin said, but "unfortunately, the caucus system is not."

His comments come in response to the problems with the Iowa caucus reporting system, which left the country without the highly anticipated results of the nation's first election in the 2020 presidential race. 

Democratic Party officials told campaigns in a private conference call that most, but not all, of the reports should be released by late Tuesday,  but would not tell campaign representatives when the full results would be released. 

"Here we are, the morning after, with the Iowa caucus to be one big asterisk," said Durbin. "I would like to see a more diverse beginning."

He also discussed the upcoming Senate vote on impeachment, expressing his disappointment in the process, particularly after the vote was taken to refuse witnesses and documents in the case, effectively "closing the door" to impartial justice. 

Durbin added that justice may come in the November election, however, as Trump does not reflect Americans as "we are and who we want to be."

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Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin said Tuesday he thinks its time for the Democratic caucus in Iowa to come to an end, even is it a "quirky, quaint tradition, which should come to an end."
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