Biden Calls for holding off the supreme court nominations
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Sunday delivered uncompromising remarks, calling for Republicans to hold off on considering a Supreme Court nominee from President Trump until after the Nov. 3 general election.
President Donald Trump’s moves to rapidly replace Ginsburg were an exercise in “raw political power,” Biden said in a speech in the Pennsylvania city of Philadelphia on Sunday.
He also urged Republican lawmakers to respect the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wish that she “not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
“As a nation, we should heed her final call to us,” Biden said in his speech.
“To jam this nominee through the Senate is an exercise of raw political power,” he said, asking for a “handful” of Republicans to “please follow your conscience.”
Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins has said the winner of the election should name the nominee, and Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski has reiterated her stance that any nomination shouldn’t be considered before the election.
Republicans have a 53-seat majority in the Senate.
“This appointment is about the future, and the people of this country are deciding their future right now,” Biden said. Three times in his remarks, Biden referenced the fact that voters have already started casting their ballots in this year’s general election.
Liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of pancreatic cancer on Friday. Days before her death, the judge said her “most fervent wish” was not to be replaced until a president was installed, her granddaughter Clara Spera said.
Trump on Saturday announced that he intended to nominate a woman to the highest court in the US in the coming week.
Ginsburg’s death gives Trump, who is seeking re-election, a chance to expand the court’s conservative majority to 6 to 3 at a time of a gaping political divide in the US.
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