FLASHBACK: Tim Kaine wouldn’t say if Merrick Garland would be Hillary Clinton’s SCOTUS nominee

By NTK Staff | 04.05.2017 @1:49pm
FLASHBACK: Tim Kaine wouldn’t say if Merrick Garland would be Hillary Clinton’s SCOTUS nominee

Now, Kaine uses Merrick Garland's failed nomination as a political crutch to attack Judge Neil Gorsuch

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) took to the Senate floor to express his opposition to Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch and bashed Senate Republicans for not giving President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, a fair confirmation opportunity on Wednesday.

However, Kaine wasn’t too supportive of Garland’s nomination when he was running for Vice President in 2016 and suggested that Hillary Clinton might nominate someone other than Garland during an interview.

“I’m so proud of my colleagues, Democratic and Republican, because in two months, Judge Gorsuch has enjoyed something that Merrick Garland didn’t get in ten months,” Kaine remarked on Wednesday.

“Judge Gorsuch has had meetings with virtually all senators. He’s had a Judiciary Committee hearing. He’s had a Judiciary Committee vote. He’s getting floor debate, and he will get a floor vote. Those are the five things that he’s entitled to, and he’s getting all of them.”

But, during an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press in August of 2016, NBC’s Chuck Todd asked Kaine, should Hillary Clinton win in November, would Merrick Garland be taken up as her Supreme Court nominee during the lame duck session?

“This will be for the President and the President-elect to decide,” Kaine told Todd.

Kaine wouldn’t commit to Todd that Garland would be Clinton’s nominee and seemed to suggest the possibility that Clinton might nominate someone else if elected.

Now Kaine, like his fellow Senate Democrats, are using Garland’s nomination as a political prop. They might all want to listen to the advice of former President Obama who said:

“Democracy can’t work when all you’re about is trying to destroy somebody from the other party. If we demonize each other. If we block Supreme Court justices not because not just because that’s how it’s supposed to work but because we didn’t win.”

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