CNN's Tapper: "How Come Democrats Only Complain About The Strict Voting Regulations In Red States?"

CNN's Jake Tapper asked Democratic Delaware Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester if there is any hypocrisy at play when Democrats "only complain about the strict voting regulations in red states, in Texas and Georgia, and not in Democratic states like New York", New Jersey, and Delaware. <blockquote>REP. LISA BLUNT ROCHESTER: This is a national issue. You heard the vice president talk about 1 in 6 Americans can be impacted by not making -- by disenfranchising people. And the same is true across the country. Seeing all of these laws that are trying to subvert and suppress the vote. And so, yeah, Delaware, too. We're the first state, and we also have to be the first state to step up as well and make sure that everyone has the right to vote. JAKE TAPPER, CNN: I generally, as an American, feel that in addition to guarding against fraud, which there is very little of in the United States, it should be as easy as possible for Americans to vote -- because we are the best Democratic-Republic when as many people as possible are represented, no matter who wins, Democrats or Republicans. But going over a lot of these election laws, I went in, preparing for today, and I saw, you know what? New Jersey doesn't allow ballot harvesting and that's a Democratic state. Delaware doesn't allow the kind of early voting that a lot of other states do. The journalist in me as well as the cynic says, well, how come Democrats only complain about the strict voting regulations in red states, in Texas and Georgia, and not in Democratic states like New York? REP. LISA BLUNT ROCHESTER: Well, I think if you listen to any of the voting rights advocates out here, if you go even in my own state, there are members of the general assembly who are stepping up and working to ensure that people have the right to vote. I want to make sure that I get this one thing in as well. I want people to not just hear kind of like the buzzwords that we all talk about. I want them to think about why is it that people would try to subvert or suppress your vote? It is because it is that important. It is because it is that powerful, that those votes connected to each other can do things like help us save the planet. Can deal with issues such as criminal justice reform. So I want people to feel that this isn't just an issue about what Washington is doing or what the president is saying. It is about their ability to exercise their fundamental right that people lined up for during a pandemic. We don't want people to have to ever feel that way again. We want to make sure that they can do it, they can exercise their right in a way that's safe, in a way that's secure, in a way that's fair. And that really looks really to help generations to come. That's why we're here. That's what this is about. </BLOCKQUOTE> More from this interview via CNN: <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“One of the things that gets lost is this is not like a policy issue. … This is the foundation of our country. This is about the ability to even be an American,” Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester says after President Biden’s speech on election reforms. <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) <a href="">January 11, 2022</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>