Sen. Lamar Alexander said Sunday he would support a vote on President Trump’s nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.
Ginsburg, a liberal Justice on the Supreme Court, died Friday from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer.
Sen. L. Alexander wrote:
“No one should be surprised that a Republican Senate majority would vote on a Republican President’s Supreme Court nomination, even during a presidential election year. The Constitution gives senators the power to do it. The voters who elected them expect it. Going back to George Washington, the Senate has confirmed many nominees to the Supreme Court during a presidential election year. It has refused to confirm several when the President and Senate majority were of different parties. Senator McConnell is only doing what Democrat leaders have said they would do if the shoe were on the other foot.”
“I have voted to confirm Justices Roberts, Alito, Sotomayor, Gorsuch and Kavanaugh based upon their intelligence, character and temperament. I will apply the same standard when I consider President Trump’s nomination to replace Justice Ginsburg.”
Shortly after news of Ginsburg’s passing broke, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that the full Senate would vote on President Trump’s Supreme Court Justice nomination.