Biden in ’92: Wait to Appoint New SCOTUS Justice Until After the Election
C-SPAN today unearthed an old video of Joe Biden back in 1992 speaking out against the idea of nominating a new Supreme Court justice before the next election.
As the ’92 election was underway, Biden said, “It is my view that if a Supreme Court justice resigns tomorrow or within the next several weeks, or resigns at the end of the summer, President Bush should consider following the practice of a majority of his predecessors and not, and NOT, name a nominee until after the November election is completed.”
The then-Delaware senator argued that the Senate should consider not even scheduling confirmation hearings on anyone that George H.W. Bush might nominate “until after the political campaign season is over.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 22, 2016
Biden even dismissed the suggestion that he’s pushing this to hope the next president is a Democrat who appoints a more liberal justice. He said “once the political season is underway… action on a Supreme Court nomination must be put off” or else the Senate “will be in deep trouble as an institution.”
Just last week, the vice president criticized Republicans for blocking a Supreme Court appointment by saying it’s “absolutely, thoroughly, totally irresponsible.”
Watch above, via C-SPAN.
UPDATE –– 6:49 pm EST: Biden released a statement today saying that clip is not a fair reflection of his views:
BIDEN STATEMENT: 'not an accurate description of my views on the subject' pic.twitter.com/iTsPjqdM79
— Mike DeBonis (@mikedebonis) February 22, 2016
[h/t The Hill]
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