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Lindsay Graham in his Own Words (2016)

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner (2016):

"I think we're too close to the election. The president who is elected in November should be the one who makes this decision."  CNN

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, now acting chairman of the Intelligence Committee, said in March 2016, "I don't think we should be moving forward on a nominee in the last year of this president's term. I would say that if it was a Republican president." CNN

Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa (2016):

 "We will see what the people say this fall and our next president, regardless of party, will be making that nomination."


In Their Own Words/The Other Side: List

Richard Shelby, Alabama:

“President Obama is attempting to solidify his liberal agenda by drastically changing the direction of the Court for decades to come. This critical decision should be made after the upcoming presidential election so that the American people have a voice.” March 16, 2016.  PBS

Tom Cotton, Arkansas:

“In a few short months, we will have a new president and new senators who can consider the next justice with the full faith of the people. Why would we cut off the national debate on the next justice? Why would we squelch the voice of the populace? Why would we deny the voters a chance to weigh in on the make-up of the Supreme Court?” March 16, 2016. PBS

Mike Crapo, Idaho:

“As part of its role in this process, the Senate may, at its discretion, withhold consent. The next Supreme Court justice will make decisions that affect every American and shape our nation’s legal landscape for decades. Therefore, the current Supreme Court vacancy should be filled by an individual nominated by the next president of the United States.” March 16, 2016. PBS.

Tim Scott, South Carolina:

“The next president should fill the open seat on the Supreme Court, not a lame duck. Our nation is in the middle of an election that will replace this president and it has brought people out in every corner of our country in record numbers to have their voice heard. As elected officials, we need to protect the American people’s chance to have their voices heard in the decision on who will be appointed to a lifetime seat on the nation’s high court.” March 16, 2016. PBS

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