Colbert Smacks Down Republican's Attack On 17th Amendment

Thursday night Steven Colbert took Pete Hoekstra to task for his plan to change the Constitution and take away your right to vote for U.S. Senator. Thursday night Steven Colbert took Pete Hoekstra to task for his plan to change the Constitution and take away your right to vote for U.S.

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Thursday night Steven Colbert took Pete Hoekstra to task for his plan to change the Constitution and take away your right to vote for U.S. Senator.

You heard that right: Pete Hoekstra actually wants to repeal the 17th Amendment and give Lansing, Michigan politicians the power to pick your next senator.

Rep. Hoekstra (R-MI) is running against incumbent Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) this year, after a failed effort to replace Governor Jennifer Granholm in 2012. Wildly popular with the GOP, Hoekstra's campaign contributors have deep pockets, making him a very real threat.

Colbert wrapped up the segment with a stinging rebuke, "The point is these candidates are being refreshingly honest when they say that voters cannot be trusted to choose their senator...and if we elect them, we'll prove them right."

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