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. The author of this post is Mitch Kokai
of the Washington Examiner reports
that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death hasn't changed Joe Biden's mind about releasing a list of potential replacements.
- Joe Biden said that he would not release a list of potential Supreme Court nominees like President Trump has, arguing the rejection of nomination norms could politicize the court and subject those on the list to unnecessary attacks.
- "We can't ignore the cherished system of checks and balances. That includes this whole business of releasing a list of potential nominees that I would put forward," the former vice president and Democratic presidential nominee said in a speech from Philadelphia addressing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death and Trump's push to nominate a replacement Supreme Court justice before the election.
- During his 2016 presidential campaign, during which time there was a vacant Supreme Court seat due to Justice Antonin Scalia dying that February, Trump released a list of individuals whom he would pick from for Supreme Court nominations, the first time a candidate or president singled out individuals in that way. He added to the list earlier this month.
- "It's no wonder they ask that I release the list only after she passed away. It is a game for them. It is a play to gin up emotions and anger. There's a reason why no other candidate than President Trump has ever done such a thing," Biden said.
- Contrary to Biden's claim, Trump's campaign did criticize him for not releasing a list of potential Supreme Court justices before Ginsburg's death on Friday. ...
- ... Biden has pledged to nominate a black woman to the Court.
- In June, Biden appeared to indicate that he may release a list of potential picks.
- "We are putting together a list of a group of African American women who are qualified and have the experience to be on the court," Biden told reporters.