January 06, 2021

Video: Kaine on Senate Floor Urges Colleagues to Oppose Challenges to Electoral College Votes

You can watch the full speech here 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to his GOP colleagues’ objection to certifying the Electoral College votes. Kaine highlighted the danger of the GOP’s objection. He also talked about the responsibility of his colleagues to honor the will of the American people.

“We should be coming together today, after acts of violence, as the United States Senate to affirm the votes of all who cast ballots in November. Instead we're contemplating an unprecedented objection that would be a massive disenfranchisement of American voters,” Kaine said.

Below are Senator Kaine’s remarks as delivered:

I applaud the comments of my colleague from Georgia, deeply. My first job after school was in Macon, Georgia working for a federal judge, Lanier Anderson and I learned a lot about integrity and a lot about law from him. I also learned some sad lessons, that in the history of Georgia and indeed Virginia and many states, so many people, especially people of color had been disenfranchised over the course of our history.

Our late friend John Lewis, Congressman from Georgia, was savagely beaten on Bloody Sunday just for marching for voting rights. That act of violence inspired this body, the U.S. Senate, to come together in March of 1965 and work to pass in a bipartisan fashion the Voting Rights Act. We should be coming together today, after acts of violence, as the United States Senate to affirm the votes of all who cast ballots in November. Instead we're contemplating an unprecedented objection that would be a massive disenfranchisement of American voters.

The Georgia result was very clear: a 12,000 vote margin, two certifications by Republican officials, four separate recounts and canvasses, seven lawsuits, as in the other states. If we object to results like this, the message is so clear. We are saying to states no matter how secure and accurate your elections are, we’ll gladly overthrow them if we don't like who you voted for. But more importantly, what we'll be saying, really what we'll be doing, as that the body that acted together to guarantee Americans the right to vote, we will become the agent of one of the most massive disenfranchisements in the history of this country. So I urge all of my colleagues, please oppose these objections.

Thank you. I yield to my colleague from New Jersey

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