WASHINGTON — Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, announced Tuesday he would support moving forward on a vote to confirm a Supreme Court nominee to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat, signaling Republicans may have the votes to vote on Trump's nominee before the November presidential election.
"The Constitution gives the President the power to nominate and the Senate the authority to provide advice and consent on Supreme Court nominees," Romney said in a statement, citing historical precedent on Supreme Court nominees. "Accordingly, I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the President’s nominee. If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications."
The senator told reporters on Capitol Hill later Tuesday "my liberal friends have over many decades gotten very used to the idea of having a liberal court. And that's not written in the stars."
He said he would leave the timing of a nomination and the vote up to Republican leaders in the Senate.
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