Republican Senator Mitt Romney announced he supports holding a vote for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.
BREAKING: Romney to vote yes on SCOTUS nominee, giving Trump all the votes he needs to fill RBG’s seat https://t.co/y7xfl0zcOA
â€” Benny (@bennyjohnson) September 22, 2020
Sen. Mitt Romney said he would support a floor vote on President Donald Trumpâ€™s Supreme Court, essentially clinching consideration of Trumpâ€™s nominee this year despite the impending election.
Just two Republican senators have asked for the party to put the brakes on the confirmation. And with a 53-seat majority, Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) now has the votes he needs to move forward with a nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
â€œI intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the presidentâ€™s nominee. If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications,â€ the Utah Republican said in a statement.
Romney apparently didnâ€™t find Stephensâ€™ letter persuasive. He just told reporters â€œit doesnâ€™t make sense to meâ€ to deny Trump a SCOTUS pick over perception treatment of Merrick Garland was â€œunfair.â€ pic.twitter.com/coSixIyikF
â€” Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 22, 2020
This all but ends the debate over whether or not Republicans can hold this vote. With Mitt Romney a yes it is nearly impossible for the Senate GOP not to have the votes.
However, that doesn’t mean that Romney won’t disappoint us again. I could see Mitt Romney supporting holding the vote and then virtue signaling all throughout the process only to vote no on Trump’s nominee at the end.
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