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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama declared Friday the Supreme Court vacancy caused by Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death should not be filled until after the election.
Their position is a complete reversal of what they said in 2016, when Antonin Scalia's sudden death left a vacancy on the high court just nine months before the presidential election.
In response to Republicans who vowed to not consider Obama's nominee — Appellate Judge Merrick Garland — Biden said it is acceptable to move forward with Supreme Court hearings even just months before an election.
Biden's comments, made in March 2016, came in response to Republicans citing a speech he delivered in 1992 about election year Supreme Court nominations. He said:
But Biden said on Friday: "Let me be clear: The voters should pick a President, and that President should select a successor to Justice Ginsburg."
Just dug up this clip of Obama in 2016: "When there is a vacancy on the SCOTUS, the President is to nominate someo… https://t.co/7zjsboqKpx— Kelb Hull (@Kelb Hull)1600525773.0
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