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On Supreme Court Opening, McCaskill Finds Comfort in Silence

The Missouri senator is holding her tongue as every Senate race in the country begins to pivot on the issue of the new Supreme Court vacancy.

By NTK Staff | 06.29.2018 @2:00pm
On Supreme Court Opening, McCaskill Finds Comfort in Silence

The Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement just became one of the biggest issues in U.S. Senate races around the country this year.

This includes Missouri, where vulnerable Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is about to be on the Supreme Court hot seat for a second time in two years.

According to the Springfield News-Leader, on the second Supreme Court vacancy, McCaskill appears to be falling into a comfortable pattern for her on tough issues: silence.

In a statement Wednesday, McCaskill was succinct: “I thank Justice Kennedy for his long and dedicated service to our country, and I believe it’s premature to discuss his replacement until one has been nominated.”

McCaskill’s office and campaign did not respond Thursday afternoon when asked for the senator’s response to Hawley’s call for a debate.

The last time McCaskill faced a confirmation fight this tough was in May, when she was faced with a vote to confirm or deny Gina Haspel’s ascension to CIA director. McCaskill stayed silent for weeks. Then, when she voted ‘no,’ she basically told her constituents she can’t tell them why she voted against Haspel.

It’s unclear how long McCaskill will be able to stay silent on the Supreme Court seat, given voters will likely pay close attention to how their senators plan to vote on the next nominee.

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