The question of appointing a candidate to the Supreme Court may become dominant in the weeks remaining before the elections.
Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden said Friday that there was “no doubt” that the replacement of Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginzburg should determine the winner of the November presidential election.
“There’s no doubt – let me be clear – that voters must choose a president and the president must choose a judge to be considered by the Senate,” Biden told reporters when commenting on Ginzburg’s death.
Biden’s remarks could apparently lay the groundwork for an inter-party struggle for the Supreme Court that could dominate the next seven weeks before the November 3 election.
Ginzburg, a judge of liberal views, has sat on the Supreme Court since 1993 and died on Friday at the age of 87. Her departure gave President Trump the opportunity to expand a conservative majority in court at a time of fierce electoral competition. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said he intended to act on any proposal Trump made. Biden’s comments signal that he and the Democratic Party will fight possible Republican attempts to take that step.
On September 9 Trump released a list of potential candidates for any future vacancies in the Supreme Court to gain the support of conservative voters. Biden has promised to appoint an African-American woman to the Supreme Court, but so far he has not released his own list of Supreme Court candidates.
On Saturday, September 19, Donald Trump has already posted on his Twitter that he intends to act on the matter “without delay.