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On ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Blunt Discusses 2020 Elections and Inauguration

November 08, 2020

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, joined ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos to discuss the 2020 Elections and the Inaugural Ceremonies.

Following Are Excerpts From Blunt’s Interview: 

On the 2020 Elections:

“You know, where we are now, I think, George, is kind of like that movie ‘Analyze This’ where the key phrase is ‘it's a process.’ There is a process here that we need to go through. I think both Vice President Biden and President Trump benefit from that process working its way totally through the process.

“You know, actually, the media can project but the media doesn't get to decide who the winner is. There is a canvassing process. That needs to happen. I said on Friday I thought it was time for the president to turn this discussion over to his lawyers, time for the lawyers to make the case that they have, both in court and to the American people. And then we're going to have to deal with those facts as they're presented. That has to happen and then we move forward. […]

“I think this is a time when the extra five days or so to get the process finished, to actually let the states look at the challenges in their state. This is a close election. This is closer than anybody thought. If you're the president and you look at the press projecting something, almost nothing the press projected in this election turned out to be right. There was no blue wave. If there is a mandate, the mandate is ‘we want people to work together.’ There weren't great losses of Republican candidates because of President Trump, nor did President Trump get a thrashing. He actually -- with Hispanic voters, with Black voters, with voters that nobody expected to come to him, but they did. […]

“It's going to be much easier to work toward the kind of transition we want, look at the Inauguration, which I'm going to have the honor of chairing again this time, and bringing the country together if everybody feels like we went through a process and everybody was heard. Every legal vote was counted, every illegal vote was challenged and not counted, we come to a conclusion. I think that happens pretty quickly. Almost every state within seven to ten days of the election goes through that entire canvass. There are always some changes, seems unlikely that any changes could be big enough to make a difference but this is a close election and we need to acknowledge that.

“I read twice in reports this morning the Democrat blue wall has returned -- the blue wall of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin. The blue wall is, at best, a blue speed bump now. This is a competitive country. There is a message to whoever the next president is to work together. I look forward to the president dealing with this however he needs to deal with it. I thought Vice President Biden did a great job last night talking about where the country wants to head and one way to do that is to finish this election the way it deserves to be finished.” 

On Inaugural Ceremonies: 

“We're planning for a normal Inauguration. The six-person committee - three senators, three house members - that I chair, we're moving forward anticipating an outside full-scale Inauguration. It's easier to scale back than to scale up and we're going to be talking to people this week about that very topic and hope that the person who's sworn in on Inaugural Day sees it as a great day, even though it happens at the Capitol [it] is up to the Congress to decide. The president-elect is our guest that day and once again I think we're going to project to the world that democracy works, that this country where, with the president's efforts and other efforts, incredible energy in this election produced a result and that this is a great time for us to show how a true democracy works. And hopefully we'll - I'm confident we're going to see that. I expect to see both Vice President Biden and President Trump on the stage on Inaugural Day and that will be a powerful message no matter which one of them is sworn in that day.”

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