Romney: Nobody Guaranteed a Liberal-Leaning Supreme Court

Date: 2020-09-22 22:20:50

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Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney said Tuesday he supports voting to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court.

That all but ensures President Donald Trump has the backing needed to push the nomination over Democratic objections so close to the November election.

Romney had been a key hold out, but issued a statement saying he intends to vote based upon their qualifications.

He also said the country’s highest court should reflect the country, which he believes leans “center-right.”

“So I recognize that we may have a court which has more of a conservative bent than it’s had over the last few decades. But my liberal friends have over many decades gotten very used to the idea of having a liberal court, and that’s not written in the stars,” Romney said.

Trump expects to announce his pick by week’s end. On Monday, he met with conservative appeals court judge, Amy Coney Barrett, who is considered the favorite.

Republicans have the votes to confirm the pick before the Nov. 3 presidential election, said the Senate Judiciary chairman Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

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