GOP Senator Lamar Alexandar has offered his support for the Senate moving forward with a Trump nomination to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. [READ MORE: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dead at 87]
Senator Alexander is seen as a key vote in favor after the GOP lost two Senators of the 53-47 majority held by Republicans. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins have stated that they will not support a confirmation vote before election day.
According to Fox News:
In a statement obtained by Fox News, Alexander claimed that Democrats would move forward with finding someone to fill the seat left vacant by the death on Friday of Ruth Bader Ginsburg if they were in the Republicans’ position.
“No one should be surprised that a Republican Senate majority would vote on a Republican President’s Supreme Court nomination, even during a presidential election year,” said Alexander, who is retiring this year. “The Constitution gives senators the power to do it. The voters who elected them expect it.”
“Going back to George Washington, the Senate has confirmed many nominees to the Supreme Court during a presidential election year. It has refused to confirm several when the President and Senate majority were of different parties,” Alexander added. “Senator McConnell is only doing what Democrat leaders have said they would do if the shoe were on the other foot.”
Alexander argued that the Senate has in the past voted on justices in a presidential election year while refusing to confirm others when the president and senate majority were of different parties.
Alexander stated his decision on whether to confirm the nominee or not would be based on the “intelligence, character, and temperament” of President Trump’s nominee. This is the same objective standard he used for his confirmation votes for Roberts, Alito, Sotomayor, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh.