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2nd key GOP senator says she opposes filling open Supreme Court seat before the election

GOP Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

WASHINGTON, DC -- Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Sunday that she opposes taking up a U.S. Supreme Court nomination prior to Election Day, becoming the second GOP senator this weekend to voice opposition to Senate movement on the matter before the 2020 election.

"For weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election. Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed," the Alaska Republican said in a statement.

"I did not support taking up a nomination eight months before the 2016 election to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Justice Scalia. We are now even closer to the 2020 election -- less than two months out -- and I believe the same standard must apply."

Murkowski did not address whether she will oppose President Donald Trump's nominee in a lame-duck session if Joe Biden wins the presidency.

She joins another key GOP senator -- Susan Collins of Maine -- in her opposition to taking up whomever Trump nominates to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's vacant seat before November 3.

Senate Republicans, who hold the majority in the chamber, only need 51 votes to confirm a new justice once one is formally nominated. Currently, there are 53 GOP senators -- meaning they can only lose three Republicans before Vice President Mike Pence could cast a tie-breaking vote.

Should two more Republican senators also say they oppose movement on Trump's forthcoming nominee, Democrats will have enough support to punt the nomination to the lame-duck session.

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  1. Another leftist media wishful and propaganda thinking story. Neither Collins or Murkowski said they oppose the selection and confirmation process to begin after President Trump nominates the respective jurist.

  2. As I said previously, I would love to have a conservative justice appointed right now but the dimos have a point. We held up selection until after the election in 2016 so fair is fair. I don’t want to have double standards. The libbys do that. So selection has to wait.

  3. It will work itself out. Our great nation will survive the orange buffoon and Moscow Mitch. Starting to look like the few Republicans with any morals remaining will stop the nomination.

  4. I remember when being a “conservative” meant lower taxes and smaller government. Now it means no equal rights, white supremacy, hate toward immigrants, and ignoring science. What the hell is going on in the Grand Ol’ Party?

    1. yeah yeah. ….you forgot being a nazi. Love the projection… can you still stand with the white supremacy nonsense when there’s Latinos and blacks for trump? Oh yeah cause your an idiot. And homphobia when there’s gays for trump? Oh yeah cause you’re an idiot.

      1. Because liberals don’t rely on FACTS. They rely on propaganda, misinformation, flat our lies, violence and fear mongering. Mr. Turner even admitted that he was lying.

      2. Yeah, sorry I forgot. There are 7 Mexican Americans and 4 African Americans supporting the orange buffoon. My mistake. Oh yeah and one drag queen in Moscow whom he met on his trip there in his hotel room.

    2. you also forgot Obama deported the most illegal immigrants EVER! And he dropped the most bombs in the middle east EVER……not that I expect you to make the connection. ……moron pedophile. Go back to watching cuties and telling yourself you’re ok.

      1. No I never forgot that. I know he was the deporter-in-chief. He also screwed up the Affordable Care Act by letting the insurance companies in on it. He also let the enemy cross the red line. Every President does something I don’t like. However we’ve never had a president that screws everything but maybe 3 things up.

  5. Mark Turner is moving to Cali so his penalties for touching little kids isnt punishable anymore. Hope this sicko doesn’t live near a school, sick sick person Mark Turner is touching underage kids.

  6. Oh please KVIA, everybody in the Northern hemisphere knew Murkowski and Collins would defect. Can still lose two more and Pence is vote 51.
    The last time Democrats went all apeshiiite over a SCOTUS pick, it cost them 4 senate seats.
    So ya, do it again. I dare you.

  7. From my research, I believe that “wake up” is the only person on this blog who has actually been interrogated by EPPD for sexual misconduct with a person under the age of 14. I have no knowledge of the outcome of that interview however.

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