Kamala Harris urged voters not to be discouraged by Republican efforts to fill a Supreme Court seat before the election, charging it’s the GOP’s goal to make people feel like their votes don’t matter.
We will not give up, and we will not give in,” the Democratic vice presidential nominee said in a report by news agency PTI.
We will not let the infection that President Trump has injected into the presidency and into Congress, that has paralysed our politics and pitted Americans against each other, spread to the United States Supreme Court.”
Her remarks, delivered in swing-state North Carolina, marked Harris’ most expansive yet on the vacant court seat that was held by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg until her death earlier this month. Beyond serving on the Democratic ticket, Harris will play a direct role in the confirmation battle as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee tasked with vetting the nominee, a spot in which she’s shined during past nomination fights.
The committee is expected to begin hearings for President Donald Trump’s nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, on October 12, about three weeks before Election Day.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Harris say the seat shouldn’t be filled until voters choose the next president.
Harris noted early voting is already underway in some states, including North Carolina.
Republicans say this fight is different than 2016, when they refused to hold hearings on then-President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee nine months before the election, because the Senate and presidency are now held by the same party.