Vice President Joe Biden argued Monday that his objection to a Supreme Court nominee from President George H.W. Bush so close to the election should not be used by Republicans to justify blocking President Obama’s attempt to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Biden noted that in 1992, he was referring to a “hypothetical” vacancy that had not occurred. “In the same statement critics are pointing to today, I urged the Senate and the White House to work together to overcome partisan differences to ensure the court functions as the Founding Fathers intended,” he tweeted Monday evening. “That remains my position today.”
Despite his attempt to walk back his comment from more than 20 years ago, Senate Republicans are using it as a shield now that Democrats are criticizing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for saying that Obama should not appoint another justice to the high court, with the election year well under way.
Biden dismissed such GOP sentiments. “Some critics say that one excerpt of my speech in 1992 is evidence that I oppose filling a Supreme Court vacancy in an election year,” he said. “That is not an accurate description of my views on the subject.”