Romney Supports Vote on Replacing Ginsburg

Romney Supports Vote on Replacing Ginsburg

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Utah senator Mitt Romney (R.) announced he is in favor of holding a vote on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, effectively ensuring Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement will receive a Senate vote.

“The Constitution gives the President the power to nominate and the Senate the authority to provide advice and consent on Supreme Court nominees,” Romney said in a statement Tuesday. “Accordingly, I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the President’s nominee. If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications.”

Romney was considered one of the potential Republican defectors who could oppose holding a vote on the nominee before the November election. Romney was the only Republican senator to vote to remove Trump from office during Trump’s impeachment trial at the beginning of this year.

Republican senators Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) have both said they oppose holding the vote before the election. Sens. Cory Gardner (R., Colo.) and Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.) announced their support for the vote, giving Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) 51 senators in support of voting on the nominee.

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