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Dems Gain GOP Senators' Support to Kill Trump's Court Nomination

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By Sunday, 20 September 2020 06:42 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Two of the four Republican U.S. Senators Democrats need to kill any Supreme Court nominee of President Donald Trump’s before November emerged over the weekend.

“Between those senators in tough reelection battles and those with an ax to grind against Trump, [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell is going to have to work very hard to keep four Republicans from switching,” said Dan Schnur, a professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications and veteran of four presidential and three gubernatorial campaigns.

In separate interviews, Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska made clear their desire for a vote on the nominee picked by the winner of the Nov. 3 presidential election.

“In fairness to the American people,” said Collins in a statement from her office, “The decision on a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court should be made by the president who is elected on November 3rd.”

But Collins, who is locked in a costly and difficult reelection battle, stopped short of saying she would vote “no” on any nominee. Should Trump choose a nominee, she said, the Senate Judiciary Committee should begin “the process of reviewing his nominee’s credentials.”

Murkowski went a step further, underscoring her promise while the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was alive not to vote for confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee.

“What was then a hypothetical is now a our reality,” she told reporters on Sunday, adding “my position has not changed.”

Senate watchers say there are at least four other Republicans who could join with the 47 Senate Democrats and thus give them the majority they need to kill Trump’s nomination.

In a surprise move, Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado refused to say whether he would vote to confirm a Trump nominee before the election.

Instead, Gardner said he seconded the view of moderate Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virgina that "out of decency and respect for this country, we need to make sure that we are giving time for personal reflection on this loss of an American icon."

Gardner faces an uphill race against former Democrat Gov. John Hickenloopoer, who called on the GOP senator to oppose the nomination of a new Supreme Court justice before the election.

Also on the list of possible "defectors" from GOP Senate ranks over the issue of an appointment coming are Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah and Ben Sasse of Nebraska, neither of whom exactly consider themselves friends of Trump.

"This is going to be very hard for Mitch," former Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., told Newsmax. "And it’s complicated by [Arizona’s Republican Sen.] Martha McSally about her temporary term ending when a successor is 'elected,'" which means if she loses, McSally steps downs a day after the Nov. 3 election.

Kyl added that "because everything has become progressively more partisan," this will be the "most contested nomination."

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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