Mar 16 2016
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today made this statement on President Obama’s Supreme Court nomination.
“As I have repeatedly stated, the election cycle is well under way and the precedent of the Senate is not to confirm a nominee at this stage in the process. I strongly support giving the American people a voice in choosing the next Supreme Court nominee by electing a new president. I hope all Americans understand how important their vote is when it comes to picking a new Supreme Court Justice. The American people should choose wisely this November.
“Finally, one thing I know for sure is that if the shoe was on the other foot, the Democratic leadership would not even entertain such an appointment coming from a Republican president. How do I know? By their words and example. In this limited circumstance, I’m following the recommendations of Democratic Senators Reid, Schumer and then-Senator Biden. It was a rare moment of clarity when they made it clear that in circumstances like these, the president’s nominee should not be confirmed.”