Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Wednesday said it’s “a gigantic mistake and abuse of power” for President Trump to replace liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.
“We should go to the American people and make the case why this is a gigantic mistake and abuse of power,” the former vice president told reporters as he traveled to a campaign event in North Carolina.
Biden declined to say if he’s reviewing candidates to replace Ginsburg in the unlikely event a Trump nominee is blocked by the Republican-held Senate.
“Look, what we should be doing now — the Democrats should be going to the American people now, their voices are about to be heard and it’s important that they make it clear what’s going to happen,” Biden said.
“The Republicans, if they vote for these nominees, what’s going to happen is women’s rights as it relates to everything from medical healthcare is going to be gone. You’re going to find that the Affordable Care Act — we should be out there campaigning on what’s going to happen. Women will be able to be charged more than men for same procedures again. Pregnancy will be a pre-condition.”
Biden has said little on the nomination battle as Trump prepares to name his conservative selection on Saturday, likely tilting the ideological balance on the court. He did not mention the issue during his subsequent remarks in North Carolina.
The Democratic candidate also told reporters he’s about to begin debate preparations ahead of the first presidential forum with Trump next week.
“I’ve started to prepare but I haven’t gotten into it really heavily. I will be beginning tomorrow,” Biden said.
Trump on Tuesday said that he’s announcing a conservative replacement for Ginsburg, who died Friday at age 87, at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed to swiftly hold hearings and a vote for the nominee before the Nov. 3 election. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said Tuesday he supports holding a vote on Trump’s pick — all but ensuring their confirmation.
Trump said this week he’s considering five women to replace Ginsburg, including federal appeals court Judges Amy Coney Barrett, 48, and Barbara Lagoa, 52.
Trump met with Barrett, a judge on the Chicago-based US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, on Monday at the White House and said afterward he may meet with Lagoa during a trip to Miami on Friday. Lagoa is a judge on the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit.
Barrett was considered in 2018 for the nomination given to Brett Kavanaugh and already faces criticism from Democrats for her Catholic faith. She is well-known to DC Republicans and considered likely to cement an ideological shift on the court.
Lagoa is a Cuban-American favorite among Florida Republicans who argue her selection could rally Latinos behind the president ahead of the election.
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