Sep 18, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Biden: The next president should decide on Ginsburg’s replacement

Joe Biden

Joe Biden. Photo: Drew Angerer / Getty Images

Joe Biden is calling for the winner of November's presidential election to select Ruth Bader Ginsburg's replacement on the Supreme Court.

What he's saying: "[L]et me be clear: The voters should pick the president and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider," Biden said. "This was the position the Republican Senate took in 2016 when there were almost 10 months to go before the election. That's the position the United States Senate must take today, and the election's only 46 days off.

  • "I think the fastest justice ever confirmed was 47 days, and the average is closer to 70 days, and so we should do this with full consideration, and that is my hope and expectation of what will happen."

What's next: President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are poised to move quickly to nominate Ginsburg's replacement. Confirmation by the Senate would solidify the high court's conservative majority.

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