Braun: Let the process play itself out



U.S. Sen. Mike Braun believes that any question about the presidential vote count should be investigated.

“We’ve just come through a very close election decided here tentatively by just a few votes in several states. We need to let the process play itself out,” the Jasper native said Tuesday during a brief conference call with the press. “Every legal vote needs to be counted. Any concern about irregularities, especially any fraud that might be present, I think it behooves all Americans to get to the bottom of it.

“We need to make sure that we get a result that we’re all content with, so we can move forward in a unified way,” Braun said.

Democrat Joe Biden has been declared the winner of the presidential election, but current President Donald Trump is contesting some of the counts, even alleging voting irregularities.

Braun said there has to be “real evidence” of irregularities. “But I think you’ve got to give it the time to play itself out,” he said. “And I think that can work either way. If there is not a feeling on both sides that we’ve fully looked into anything where there might be a question, I don’t think you’re going to get that unification.”

“Patience,” Braun said. “Let it play itself out. When we get to the end of that journey, we should all, regardless of the outcome, accept the results.”

No matter what, the branches of government will have to work together, Braun indicated.

“When I came here, it was to get involved in policy,” he said, “some of which are reforming health care and looking at the issues concerning climate. Those issues are still there. We’re going to have our differences of opinion on how to approach them.”

Braun doesn’t believe having a Democratic president working with a Republican Senate will look any different than what happens now.

“Remember,” he said, “it’s got to have a House vote, a Senate vote and then signed by the president. And very little has gotten accomplished in the two years I’ve been here legislatively.”

But there have been several interruptions in those two years. “When I got here in 2019, the government was shut down,” Braun said. “We worked on policy like the ones I mentioned earlier — high cost the health care, climate concerns. Budget, which nobody seems to care about, is a big deal and will be become more important every year down the road.”

And then the impeachment hearings came in late 2019, he said.

“As soon as that was over, COVID-19, which we’re still dealing with, and civil unrest. But the issues remain,” Braun said.

The political parties will continue to view the solutions from different perspectives, Braun said. “I hate the use of the description of the Hatfields and McCoys,” he said, “but on big issues, we generally come from those two camps.”

But there are some common goals in both parties. “Everyone should be for bringing down the high cost of health care,” Braun said as an example. “Those that believe you need to do more through government would like to see Medicare and Medicaid be less expensive. Maybe we’ll find commonality there. That’s my hope. And I think the process sooner or later will start to yield some results that are common good for all of us.”

As for the presidential election, Braun said, the country will ultimately need to unite under the elected president, the one that the voters have selected.

“When it comes to the sanctity of what all Americans have that is different from many other places, it’s that vote,” he said. “And you want to make sure that when we’re done, that there’s full resolution if there’s any uncertainty. That takes a little time.”

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