Romney — who has criticized Trump in the past — said in a statement on Tuesday, “The Constitution gives the President the power to nominate and the Senate the authority to provide advice and consent on Supreme Court nominees.”
“I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the president’s nominee,” he added. “If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications.”
My statement regarding the current Supreme Court vacancy: pic.twitter.com/6YO0dPWWXc— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) September 22, 2020
Republican Sen. Mitt Romney signaled in a statement that he's on board with an election year confirmation for a Supreme Court nominee, saying that if a nominee reaches the Senate floor then he will vote "based upon their qualifications." https://t.co/ywAVxbAVIv pic.twitter.com/aYXzOfRLH8— CNN (@CNN) September 22, 2020
Republican and Democratic lawmakers have clashed on the push to fill the vacancy left behind after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at the age of 87 on Sept. 18.
“We’ve got the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg’s replacement before the election,” he said on “Hannity,” adding, “We’re going to move forward in the committee, we’re going to report the nomination out of the committee to the floor of the United States Senate so we can vote before the election. That’s the constitutional process.”
Aside from the clashing over filling her spot, Ginsburg will become the first woman in history to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol on Friday.