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COUNTDOWN CLOCK —Does SFRC Chairman Risch Support Peaceful Transfer of Power?

By September 24, 2020 September 25th, 2020 No Comments

BOISE, IDAHO — Idaho Republican Jim Risch holds a critical post in the U.S. Senate: Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. In that role, he has a duty to promote the values of American democracy — including our peaceful transition of power — but once again, he’s failing to do his job. Does Senator Risch support legitimacy, fairness and transparency at home in our elections? 

On Wednesday afternoon in the 4:00 PM MDT hour, asked if he would support a standard, peaceful transfer of power, President Trump said, “Well, we’re going to have to see what happens,” touching off panic throughout the country and even in his own party about the state of American democracy. 

One by one, leading Republicans have condemned this language. 


  • 6:54 PM MDT. Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney tweeted: “Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus. Any suggestion that a president might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable.”
  • 5:46 AM MDT. Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio tweeted: “As we have done for over two centuries we will have a legitimate & fair election. It may take longer than usual to know the outcome, but it will be a valid one. And at noon on Jan 20, 2021 we will peacefully swear in the President.”
  • 7:46 AM MDT. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted: The winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th. There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792.
  • 8:01 AM MDT. Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman tweeted: Throughout America’s history, the peaceful transition of power has been a hallmark of our democracy. This year, both candidates must commit to abiding by the results, no matter the outcome.
  • 10:44 AM MDT. President Trump ironically tweeted about vote-by-mail ballots going out in Florida today. 
  • 2:00 PM MDT. President Trump doubled down on his original comments: “We want to make sure the election is honest, and I’m not sure that it can be. I don’t know that it can be, with this whole situation, unsolicited ballots.”

Idaho has a Republican governor and a Republican secretary of state. Can Idahoans be confident in the results of the November 3rd election? 

Idaho also has nearly 350,000 absentee ballot requests. Does Senator Risch support counting all valid ballots? 

Until Risch comments on the vote and the peaceful transition of power, Jordan will keep a countdown clock waiting for the ineffective senator to do this job. 


Paulette Jordan’s message is “People First Policy,” emphasizing health care, economic recovery, stewardship of land, and increased federal fiscal discipline and accountability.  She is endorsed by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and EMILY’s List. More information about Jordan’s campaign for the U.S. Senate can be found at her website