Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) is more worried about Democrats granting statehood to Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., than the "natural trends" of demographic change, he told "Axios on HBO."

The big picture: President Trump won a narrow Electoral College victory in 2016, and the U.S. electorate is rapidly becoming less white.

  • That could lead to Republican strongholds becoming purple states or even flipping to blue states.

"If something doesn't change relatively quickly, Texas could go, Georgia could go, Arizona could go," Axios CEO Jim VandeHei told Cramer in the interview.

"Cycles happen. Trends happen. What could actually sort of escalate that, if you will, trend is if something like D.C. statehood, Puerto Rican statehood, which would be a political move by Democrats, should they get total power, and eliminate the filibuster," Cramer told "Axios on HBO."

  • "That would certainly become more problematic than just the natural trends you talk about."

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Oct 13, 2020 - Politics & Policy

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Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), one of President Trump's most loyal Senate allies, told "Axios on HBO" it was a sign of "respect" from the president to not push for nationwide face mask adoption.

Why it matters: Face masks are a key part of controlling the spread of coronavirus, and many state and local officials clashed over implementing mask mandates.

Pence to continue traveling despite aides testing positive for COVID-19

Marc Short with Pence in March. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday and is quarantining, according to a White House statement.

Why it matters: Short is Pence's closest aide, and was one of the most powerful forces on the White House coronavirus task force. Pence and second lady Karen Pence tested negative for the virus on Sunday morning, according to the vice president's office.

AOC: "Extremely important" that Biden offer Bernie Sanders a Cabinet position

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that she believes it's "extremely important" that Joe Biden offer Sen. Bernie Sanders and other progressive leaders Cabinet positions if he's elected president.

The big picture: Ocasio-Cortez was pressed repeatedly on policy differences between her and the more moderate Biden, including her opposition to fracking and support for Medicare for All. She responded that it would be a "privilege" and a "luxury" to be able to lobby a Biden administration on progressive issues, insisting that the focus right now should be on winning the White House.

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