Theresa Greenfield stops short of saying how she’d vote on election-year Supreme Court nominees

By: - October 16, 2020 3:49 pm

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Theresa Greenfield appears remotely for a televised debate on KCCI-TV. (Screen shot from event livestream)

Senate Democratic candidate Theresa Greenfield said she wants Congress to delay the confirmation vote for Supreme Court Justice Nominee Amy Coney Barrett until after the November election, but she did not commit to how she would vote on a future election-year nominee.

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, who is running against Greenfield this November, sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee and has been participating in the nomination hearings.

In 2018, Ernst said she did not believe a president should nominate a Supreme Court justice during an election year, including President Donald Trump, according to an interview with the Des Moines Register Editorial Board.

Following the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which left open a seat, Ernst said she will do her “duty,” as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and consider Trump’s nomination.

When asked whether or not she would vote if she were a senator, Greenfield said, “I don’t think they should be proceeding with this confirmation hearing right now.” When pressed about how she would vote, Greenfield stopped short of saying whether or not she would vote for a nominee in an election year.

“I would encourage us to hold off and let that next Senate and let that next president be seated and then finish that process,” Greenfield said. “It’s a lifetime appointment.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected vote Oct. 22 on Barrett’s confirmation. If approved, the measure will go before the full Senate.

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