HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett said Saturday he would keep an open mind to arguments against the proposal he backs that would end Pennsylvania’s system of allocating all of its electoral votes the winner of the statewide popular vote in presidential elections.
“You know me, I always listen,” Corbett told reporters outside the quarterly meeting of the Republican State Committee here. But he’s known as consistent, or stubborn, depending on your point of view, in his positions. A reporter asked him if he had ever changed his mind on anything. “There are a lot of times,” Corbett said. “I just don’t tell you when I change my mind.”
The governor said he was sympathetic to the concerns of Republican members of Congress who represent Democratic-trending districts in the Southeast that were carried handily by President Obama in 2008. He is scheduled to meet with the delegation Tuesday during a previously scheduled trip to Washington.
Under the proposal, championed by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R) of Delaware County, Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes would be awarded on the basis of the popular vote in each of the 18 congressional districts, with two points awarded to the winner of the statewide popular vote.