Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) made it clear on Sunday that he voted to certify the 2020 election last January 6 because he believed the election was fair, not fraudulent as former President Donald Trump has claimed.
Rounds told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week,” “As a part of our due diligence, we looked at over 60 different accusations made in multiple states. While there were some irregularities, there were none of the irregularities which would have risen to the point where they would have changed the vote outcome in a single state.”
“The election was fair, as fair as we have seen,” Rounds said. “We simply did not win the election as Republicans for the presidency and moving forward, and that’s the way we want to look at this. Moving forward, we have to refocus once again on what it’s going to take to win the presidency.”
Rounds said he believes Republicans can win future elections, but not if they continue to claim the election was fraudulent.
“If we simply look back and tell our people, ‘Don’t vote because there’s cheating going on,’ then we’re going to put ourselves in a huge disadvantage,” Rounds concluded. “So, moving forward, let’s focus on what it takes to win those elections.”
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