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Obama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election

Added 09-19-20 12:57:02am EST - “Former President Barack Obama on Friday called on the Senate not to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, urging Republicans to live up to the standard they set in 2016 by refusing to give a hearing…” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Obama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Don't expect a government check anytime soon Trump appointees stymie recommendations to boost minority voting: report Obama's first presidential memoir, 'A Promised Land,' set for November release MORE on Friday called on the Senate not to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgDemocrats, advocates seethe over Florida voting rights ruling Trump's Supreme Court list reveals influence of Clarence Thomas President Nancy Pelosi? Don't underestimate what she might do in office MORE, urging Republicans to live up to the standard they set in 2016 by refusing to give a hearing to Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandTop GOP senator calls for Biden to release list of possible Supreme Court picks Biden agenda hinges on Senate majority The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Biden VP possible next week; Meadows says relief talks 'miles apart' MORE.

Obama, in a statement responding to Ginsburg's death, praised the late judge as a "warrior for gender equality" who showed "unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals."

The former president also nodded to Ginsburg's reported statement to her granddaughter, which is that her "most fervent wish" was that her replacement be named by the next president. Ginsburg died earlier Friday. She was 87.

"Four and a half years ago, when Republicans refused to hold a hearing or an up-or-down vote on Merrick Garland, they invented the principle that the Senate shouldn’t fill an open seat on the Supreme Court before a new president was sworn in," Obama said.

"A basic principle of the law — and of everyday fairness — is that we apply rules with consistency, and not based on what’s convenient or advantageous in the moment," he continued. "The rule of law, the legitimacy of our courts, the fundamental workings of our democracy all depend on that basic principle.

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