Why does the person who raise the most money or the person with the highest profile, win? Doesn't that sound 'un-American?' And how do you think we should fix that?
Yes - there are major problems. Here are three of the biggest:
1) Unlimited money allowed by the Citizens United ruling. I would support a Constitutional Amendment to overturn that terrible ruling, and as someone who hopes to be a member of the body that confirms Supreme Court Justices, I would never confirm someone who believes that money equals speech or that corporations are people.
2) Gerrymandering has resulted in Congressional districts that look like no shape that you would ever find in nature, and worse still, it causes incumbents to behave in a more ideological, partisan way because they're only afraid of someone more extreme beating them in a primary.
3) Ongoing attempts to make it harder for people to access the ballot box, especially traditionally disenfranchised members of our community. We must start by restoring the heart of the historic Voting Rights Act.
Wow! That's a lot to digest, but you've clearly put a lot of thought into this problem. So, you said you would help overturn the Citizens United ruling - it seems that there could be some strong opposition to that. Could you share more about how you would try to do that, or maybe how strong you think the opposition currently is?
Thanks for your answer. I think that there are many voters who would agree with you on the need for reform. What do you think are some immediate steps that can be taken to improve the situation and how can voters get involved?