Waffle #8: Now Joe wants to take away our right to pick our U.S. Senator and turn it over to politicians.
October 06, 2010
By Kyle Hopkins in Anchorage —
Joe Miller’s statement that he supports repealing the 17th Amendment – a move that would take the ability to choose U.S. Senators away from individual voters and put it back in the hands of state legislatures – has Miller’s rivals on the assault today.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s campaign accused Miller of new highs of extremism, while Democrat Scott McAdams said Miller “wants to repeal the 20th Century.”
Miller’s remark came during a town hall meeting last night in Fairbanks, according to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. Here’s what the paper reported:
Miller said the federal government must get its nearly $14 trillion in debt under control before any major changes are made with the retirement system, but warned that if federal spending is not brought under control, much more drastic cuts could be on the way.
Miller often returned to the idea of restricting the federal government to only powers allowed by the Constitution.
He called the idea of a living, changing Constitution “bullcrap,” and said he would support an amendment for term limits as well as an amendment repealing the 17th Amendment, which allows for the direct election of senators by the public rather than by state legislatures.
We blogged about it this morning, and have since tried to find out more from Miller’s campaign. What exactly did he say and in what context? What are his views on the 17th Amendment?