Ever since Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away suddenly last week, the White House has been claiming that it is totally within Obama’s rights to appoint a new justice before he leaves office. Newly-surfaced footage of Joe Biden, however, has thrown a wrench in this plan.
According to The Blaze, the 1992 clip shows Biden arguing that a Republican president should not appoint a new justice during an election year. He made these comments on the Senate floor, and he was referring to the fact that the did not want President George H.W. Bush should not nominate another justice “in the full throes of an election year.”
“It is my view that if a Supreme Court Justice resigns tomorrow or within the next several weeks, or resigns at the end of the summer, President Bush should consider following the practice of a majority of his predecessors and not — and not — name a nominee until after the November election is completed,” Biden said in the clip, which was found by CSPAN and was posted on Twitter.
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 22, 2016
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