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On CBS’ Face the Nation, Blunt Reflects on Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg & Discusses Supreme Court Vacancy

September 20, 2020

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan to discuss the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the Senate process ahead for confirming a justice to the Supreme Court. 

Following Are Excerpts From Blunt’s Interview:

On the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

“Well, first of all, I wish we did have more time to celebrate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was amazing. Had an amazing life. Very smart, very determined, very dedicated to the job. You know, in recent years, she's more often been in dissent rather than in the majority. But when she was in dissent, the majority had to be at their very best to explain why their opinion was what their opinion was. And so she served the country well -- a brilliant mind, made a difference in our country.”

On Historical Precedents for Confirming Supreme Court Justices in Election Years:

“Well, I also said at the time, several times, exactly what I just said to you, which is two things have to happen for a person to go on the Supreme Court. And in the tradition of the country, when the Senate and the president were in political agreement, no matter what was the election situation, the judges went on the Court and other courts. When they weren't in agreement, they didn't. And we were in a situation in 2016 where the White House was controlled by one party, the Senate by another. And the referee in that case was going to be the American people. In this case, both the White House and the Senate have some obligation to do what they think in the majority in the Senate is the right thing to do. And there is a Senate majority put there by voters for reasons like this.”

On the Senate Process for Confirming a Nominee to the Supreme Court:  

“This should take as long as it needs to take, but no longer. There is plenty of time to get this done. But to get it done before Election Day, everything has to work, I think, pretty precisely. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed -- nominated and confirmed -- in 40 days. Other justices have taken longer than that. And I don't know how this process will move forward, but I do know that the Constitution prevails here in terms of how we do this.”    

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