Biden urges Senate not to vote to fill vacant Supreme Court seat ahead of election

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French.china.org.cn| Updated on 09-21-2020

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden called on some decisive Republican senators on Sunday to reject a vote on a new Supreme Court candidate ahead of the presidential election to replace late court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg .

In a speech in Philadelphia, Mr. Biden pleaded with the “handful” of Republican senators “who will actually decide what will happen” at the seat of Ms. Ginsburg who died on Friday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, announced Friday that the Senate will vote on a candidate chosen by President Donald Trump, who told reporters the next day he intended to nominate a wife for the post next week.

“Do not vote to confirm the appointment of someone under the circumstances President Trump and Senator McConnell have created,” Biden urged them. “Do not go on this ground. Respect your constitutional duty, your conscience. Let the people speak. Put out the flames which have engulfed our country.”

Former Barack Obama vice president said on Friday that the correct sequence should be “the voters’ choice of the president, and then the president’s nomination of a successor to Judge Ginsburg,” meaning the latter should be chosen by the winner of the next presidential election.

“To force such an appointment through the Senate would be an exercise of crude political power, and I do not believe the people of this country will stand for it,” Biden warned in Philadelphia. “If Donald Trump wins the election, then the Senate should turn to his choice and assess the candidate he has proposed fairly.”

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