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.”

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:

[h/t The Hill]
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