Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on Monday that he may not support a new Supreme Court nominee before the 224 presidential election if the Senate regains power in the House and a court opening becomes available.
The comments occurred during Hugh Hewitt’s radio show. McConnell was asked whether the would be willing to move forward with a Biden Supreme Court nominee if he was Majority Leader.
“We’ll have to wait and see what happens,” McConnell answered.
“In fact, no, I don’t think either party … if it were different from the president, would confirm a Supreme Court nominee in the middle of an election,” McConnell added.
In contrast with the 2020 selection of Amy Coney Barrett, the proposed situation would include clashing parties in power between President Joe Biden and a Republican led Senate.
“What was different in 2020 was we were of the same party as the president,” McConnell said, explaining Barrett’s confirmation.
The Senate currently stands in a 50-50 split. Several high-profile elections will take place in 2022 that could change the power of the Senate to Republican
McConnell’s words have led some Democrats to urge liberal Justice Stephen Breyer to retire in time to replace him while Biden remains in power and the Senate is more likely to support his selected nominee.