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Sen. Portman says he will consider confirming President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

Senator Rob Portman speaks on the Senate floor (Source: WTOL)
Senator Rob Portman speaks on the Senate floor (Source: WTOL)
Published: Sep. 20, 2020 at 3:22 PM EDT
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OHIO (WOIO) - In statement posted his website Saturday, Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) said he will consider confirming President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States.

“Leader McConnell has said that he will hold a vote on any nominee President Trump sends to the Senate, and I intend to fulfill my role as a U.S. Senator and judge that nominee based on his or her merits,” he said in the statement.

The president has not yet nominated anyone but is expected to do so soon.

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Portman’s statement juxtaposes a statement he made in 2016, when President Obama was up to nominate a Supreme Court Justice during an election year.

He previously said: “It would be our pragmatic conclusion that once the political season is under way, and it is, action on a Supreme Court nomination must be put off until after the election campaign is over.”

Read Sen. Portman’s full statement here.

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