Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tennessee) has issued a statement supporting the precedent of President Trump bringing forward a Supreme Court nomination and the Republican-controlled Senate moving to confirm the nominee during an election year.
Lamar Alexander says in a new statement he has no issue with McConnell move to hold vote on Trump nominee this year. He had yet to weigh in on the matter
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) September 20, 2020
He says Democrats would do the same if they were in control of the Senate and White House.
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“Senator McConnell is only doing what Democrat leaders have said they would do if the shoe were on the other foot.” pic.twitter.com/mrQR8EOq1d
— Julie Tsirkin (@JulieNBCNews) September 20, 2020
Lamar Alexander: “No one should be surprised that a Republican Senate majority would vote on a Republican President’s Supreme Court nomination, even during a presidential election year. The Constitution gives senators the power to do it. The voters who elected them expect it.”
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) September 20, 2020
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Thus far, two Republican senators have indicated that they will not vote on a nominee prior to the election, Maine’s Susan Collins and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski.
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