Shortly after Republicans reminded Democrat Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid about Vice President Joe Biden’s argument against former Bush’s Supreme Court nomination, Reid linked the current battle to nominate a Supreme Court justice to Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.
Democrat Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Republican Senators are embracing Ted Cruz and Donald Trump’s obstructionist philosophy by refusing to conduct hearings on nominees the president is determined to send to the Senate.
Harry Reid said the Republican party is “unconditionally surrendering its moral compass to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz” by blockading a Democratic nominee. “I ask my Republican colleagues, whose side do you want to be on? Whose voice do we listen to? These voices of moderation and reason coming from within your own party or the shrill voices, the shrill, shrill voices of Trump and Cruz?”
Harry Reid mentioned GOP frontrunner Donald Trump several times during his remarks on the Senate floor. But he only mentioned Joe Biden’s name once. Biden in 1992, while serving as Judiciary Committee chairman, argued that President George H.W. Bush should not fill a potential vacancy “until after the November election is complete” and followed that argument by saying the Senate “should seriously consider not scheduling confirmation hearings on the nomination until after the political campaign season is over.”
Reid argued that Biden’s statement was made in June of an election year, not with “333 days left” in the president’s term.
Reid wrapped up his remarks on the Senate floor by calling on his GOP colleagues to do their job. The “do your job” talking point appears to be a talking point Democrats are committed to using against Republicans in the Senate. Senator Charles E. Schumer appeared on the Senate floor on Tuesday morning with a placard reading “Tell Senate Republicans: Do your Job.”
Before Harry Reid made his argument on the Senate floor, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, noted that the election is pretty much here already and suggested we should wait until after the elections.
“Volunteers are knocking on doors, caucuses are caucusing, voters are voting, countless ballots have been cast already,” he said. “It’s campaign season. We’re right in the middle of it, and one of the most important issues now is this: Who will Americans trust to nominate the next Supreme Court justice?”