Sep 21, 2020

Sen. Blunt: Trump has obligation to make Supreme Court nomination

Posted Sep 21, 2020 5:41 PM


St. Joseph Post

Missouri U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt insists President Trump has a constitutional obligation to nominate a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Blunt, on CBS’ Face the Nation Sunday, praised Ginsburg.

“Well, first of all, I wish we did have more time to celebrate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was amazing; had an amazing life,” Blunt told host Margaret Brennan. “Very smart, very determined, very dedicated to the job. You know, in recent years, she's more often been in dissent rather than in the majority. But when she was in dissent, the majority had to be at their very best to explain why their opinion was what their opinion was. And so, she served the country well; a brilliant mind, made a difference in our country.”

Blunt acknowledged it would be difficult to get a nominee to replace Ginsburg through the Senate process before Election Day.

“This should take as long as it needs to take, but no longer. There is plenty of time to get this done, but to get it done before Election Day everything has to work, I think, pretty precisely,” Blunt said. “Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated and confirmed in 40 days. Other justices have taken longer than that.”

The Supreme Court announced Ginsburg’s death Friday. Ginsburg died of complications from pancreatic cancer. She was 87.

Blunt insisted President Trump has a constitutional obligation to nominate a replacement for Ginsburg.

“There are good choices out there. I’m sure the president is going to make one,” Blunt said. “I look forward to the name he sends up and what they may add to the court.”