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Biden says nomination to replace Justice Ginsburg should happen after voters ‘pick the president’

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

WILMINGTON, Delaware — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says the winner of the November election should pick a successor to the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Calling Ginsburg a “beloved figure,” Biden told reporters: “There is no doubt — let me be clear — that the voters should pick the president and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider.”

Biden noted that the Republican-led Senate in 2016 refused to consider President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, to fill the vacancy created when Justice Antonin Scalia died in February of that year.

Biden said that Scalia died about with “almost 10 months to go” before the election and that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cited it being an election year as the reason a hearing shouldn’t take place.

President Donald Trump ended up replacing Scalia with Neil Gorsuch.

Biden says he hopes the coming days are about “the loss of the justice and her enduring legacy.” Biden chaired the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in 1993 when Ginsburg was confirmed to the high court.

Ginsburg died Friday of cancer complications at age 87.

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    1. Makes no difference if he names a replacement or not before the election. He would still have to get them confirmed by the senate and just the hearings will take 90 days.

      1. We needed a fully seated SCOTUS before the election. The outcome will be disputed by whichever candidate who comes up on the losing side. They could end up making a ruling.

          1. You are full of b.s. as usual. Liberal justices rule based on their emotions and liberal SJW causes not the constitution or federal statutes. BTW – You admitting Biden won’t win the election? LMAO. Only the Democraps/Libtards will contest the election especially when JO HO 2020 loses.

      2. markturner is so daft. The U.S. Senate is a Republican majority and all that is needed to confirm a new conservative justice is 51 votes. Even if the hearing take 90 days we could have a new conservative justice by the end of the year. McConnell will support President Trump and move the process along quickly. Now wait for your head to explode moron.

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