Keeping SCOTUS seat empty is too risky, says Bauer

Friday, September 25, 2020
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two voters marking ballotsA conservative activist thinks President Trump's Supreme Court nominee could possibly be confirmed before the 2020 election.

With the necessary votes in hand, Senate Republicans are charging ahead with plans to confirm President Trump's Supreme Court nominee before November 3rd.

President Trump will announce his pick on Saturday; Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett remains the favorite. Under their planning, Republicans could vote on October 29th.

"Mitch McConnell (R-KY) thinks he has the votes. You could get it done fairly quickly," says Gary Bauer, president of American Values. "Supreme Court nominations and confirmations used to average about 40 days or so. In recent years, that has not been the case because liberal Democrats have turned confirmation battles into political assassination battles, and they try to extend these things as long as possible."


Even so, Bauer thinks this could be done before the election. In fact, he says it would be dangerous if there are only eight justices going into the election.

"After the election, everybody is expecting multiple disputes over vote counting, and those disputes will go to the Supreme Court ultimately," he explains. "With eight justices, running the risk of a 4-4 vote on the Supreme Court -- that is a risk this country should not take."

President Trump said on Wednesday that he thinks the 2020 election will end up at the Supreme Court. 


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