Hyde-Smith and Espy disagree on Supreme Court
Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith and her Democratic challenger Mike Espy are divided on the question of whether to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court before the November election.
With the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, an open seat lies on the nation’s highest court.
Senate Democrats and Republicans are divided on the topic with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pressing for a Senate vote on the nominee this year.
But, Democrats are insisting to hold off until after November 3, citing Senator McConnell set a precedent in 2016 when the Senate did not vote on President Barack Obama’s nominee.
Senator Hyde-Smith says she is expecting a vote in the Senate this year. “I feel like the nomination will come, and we will have appropriate hearings, and I think we will have a vote on the Senate floor. The American people elected a Republican Senate, and they elected a Republican president, and I think that it is an appropriate time to do this, and I have no problem moving forward whatsoever with this.”
Candidate Mike Espy said, “We’ve got an election in 40 some odd days now, and, uh, this is a rush. This is a power grab. I believe that we can wait 40 days to see what the verdict is going to be, so that the president will then be able to nominate someone for this lifetime appointment, and then the next Senate would have the ability to confirm.”
If confirmed by the Senate, President Trump’s nominee could mean a 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court.