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Blumenthal Vows To Fight Ginsburg Supreme Court Replacement Before Election

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020.
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Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut has vowed to fight Senate Republican attempts to vote on a President Donald Trump nominee to fill the seat of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Blumenthal is a member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee that would consider a Trump nominee. He said there are contentious issues before the U.S. Supreme Court, and that's why a nominee should not be considered before the November election.

“The Affordable Care Act is going to be argued against administration efforts to decimate it in just the next few days. Not to mention Roe v Wade in jeopardy, voting rights and civil rights marriage equality all are at stake,” he said.

Blumenthal said voters should play a role.

“Meaning that a newly elected Senate and a newly elected president should be the ones to decide who the next justice to follow Justice Ginsberg,” he said.

Gary Rose, a political science professor at Sacred Heart University, said he doubts Senate Republicans would be deterred.

“I don’t think the outcome of the election will make any difference,” he said. “I think they will move forward with a confirmation that they have every right to do. Because that is really the last stand against the Democratic party if in fact Biden wins the election.”

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has already said that he intends to allow for a floor vote to confirm a Trump nominee, and President Trump has said he would wait until Friday or Saturday to name a nominee.