McConnell Ignores Question About ‘Double Standard’ in Supreme Court Nomination

Date: 2020-09-22 21:08:32

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated his intention to hold a confirmation vote to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat.

Yet he did not offer any further details on whether that vote would happen before or after Election Day.

Senate Republicans have swiftly fallen in line behind President Donald Trump’s push to fill the late Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat as one of the last holdouts, Sen. Mitt Romney, said Tuesday he supports a vote despite Democrats’ objections it’s too close to the November 3 election.

Trump, who will announce his nominee Saturday, is all but certain to have the votes to confirm his choice.

Conservatives are pushing for a vote before Election Day. Republicans hold a slim 53-47 majority in the Senate, and a simple majority is needed for confirmation. But with early voting for president already underway in several states, all sides are girding for a wrenching Senate battle.

Few Republicans are willing to cross Trump. The president has criticized Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska for opposing a vote before elections. Trump warned they would be “very badly hurt” by voters.

Murkowski said Tuesday she’s “not going to be critical” of Republican colleagues who disagree with her.

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