Will 'conservatives' hold their Senators to their word?
By: Dulay • last year • 37 comments
This is what they've said:
"This may make you feel better, but I really don't care," Graham said. "If an opening comes in the last year of President Trump's term, and the primary process has started, we'll wait until the next election."
Collins said earlier this month she would not seat a new Justice in October 2020 or if there's a lame duck and a change of presidents. "I think that's too close, I really do," she said.
Late in 2016, Tillis wrote "The current Supreme Court vacancy is incredibly unique. It was created in February of an election year as Americans were casting ballots to elect the next president. It’s a vacancy that will determine the direction of the court for decades. Given that rare set of circumstances, the Senate Republican majority made a promise to use the vacancy as an opportunity to let the American people have a voice."
"The next president of the United States should have the opportunity to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Our next election is too soon and the stakes are too high; the American people deserve a role in this process as the next Supreme Court Justice will influence the direction of this country for years to come." Gardner said at the time.
"When Republicans held off Merrick Garland it was because nine months prior to the election was too close, we needed to let people decide. And I agreed to do that. If we now say that months prior to the election is OK when nine months was not, that is a double standard and I don't believe we should do it," Murkowski said. "So I would not support it."
Which of these Senator's will stand by their word?