“I want you to use my words against me. If there’s a Republican President in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say, Lindsey Graham said, let’s let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination; and you could use my words against me and you’d be absolutely right.
“We are setting a precedent here today; Republicans are; that in the last year, at least of a lame-duck, eight year term (I would say it’s gonna be a four year term), that you’re not gonna fill a vacancy in the Supreme Court based on what we’re doing here today. That’s going to be the new rule.”
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) — a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which typically hosts hearings on Supreme Court nominees — said in March 2016 that it’s “going to be the new rule” that the Senate blocks any nominee that would fill a Supreme Court vacancy that opened within a year before a presidential election.
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