Joe Biden has urged Senate Republicans not to vote on a nominee to fill the vacancy in the U.S. Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday.
The Presidential candidate, in a speech on Sunday September 20, 2020, requested that Senate Republicans should honor the dying wishe of Justice Ginsburg by putting the voting on hold until after the November Presidential election when Americans could have already elected a new president.
During his speech in Philadelphia, Biden said, “As a nation, we should heed her final call to us, not as a personal service to her, but as a service to the country, our country, at a crossroads.”
“If Trump wants to put forward a name now, the Senate should not act until after the American people select their next president, their next Congress, their next Senate,” he said warning the Senate against voting.
The death of Justice Ginsburg has seemed to have shifted the focus of the fierce political battle between the two presidential candidates and had twisted the narratives of their campaigns.
Meanwhile, President Trumps has said he would nominate a Ginsburg’s replacement in few weeks’ time before the November election finally comes.
While further appealing to the Senate Republicans to follow their conscience in making the right decision regarding the nomination, Biden said, “I appeal to those few senate Republicans, the handful who really will decide what happens. Please, follow your conscience.”
“Don’t vote to confirm anyone nominated under the circumstances President Trump and Senator McConnell have created. Don’t go there,” he added, warning against Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader’s support for nomination saying the Senate would vote on it.
Much to Biden’s call, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who are Republican Senators, have opposed the decision to fill Justice Ginsburg’s seat before the election.
Biden, however, reiterated his commitment to nominate a Black woman to fill the vacancy saying the nominee would be his first pick. He said he would not be publicly disclosing names of any of his nominees to the bench.