Romney will vote for Supreme Court nominee before election
Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney says he supports moving forward with consideration of a Supreme Court nominee during an election year. Romney’s support gives a huge break to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who can only afford to lose four Republican votes on the nomination.
“The Constitution gives the President the power to nominate and the Senate the authority to provide advice and consent on Supreme Court nominees,” Romney said. “Accordingly, I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the president’s nominee. If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications.”
Romney said that history sets a clear precedent for nominations made to the Supreme Court during an election year.
The Utah Republican is the only member of the GOP who voted to impeach President Donald Trump and has since been a cause for concern on some votes in the Senate. Some expected him to join Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) and Maine Sen. Susan Collins (R) in objecting to an appointment prior to the election.
“My liberal friends have over many decades gotten very used to the idea of having a liberal court, but that’s not written in the stars,” Romney told the press after making his decision. “It’s appropriate for a nation that is center-right to have a court which reflects center-right points of view.”
Reporters pressed Romney on why it was fair to vote for a nominee during the 2020 election but it wasn’t ok to do so during the 2016 election.
“It wasn’t unfair because it was consistent with history. It was consistent with precedent, it was consistent with the Constitution,” Romney said. “That the Merrick Garland decision was unfair, and so, therefore, it has to be made up by doing something which also wouldn’t make a lot of sense, which is saying to President Trump you can’t get your nominee, either, that just doesn’t follow.”
Trump plans to announce his pick for the high court during a White House event on Saturday. He has said that making a pick before then would be disrespectful to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg whose funeral services are taking place this week.
The president is believed to be considering five women at this time. Federal appellate judges Amy Coney Barrett and Barbara Lagoa are considered the frontrunners. Trump met with Barrett at the White House on Monday.
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