In 1992 then-Sen. Joe Biden argued that President George H.W. Bush should not nominate a Supreme Court justice until after the election that year, according to a flashback video uncovered by C-SPAN.
“It is my view that if a Supreme Court justice resigns tomorrow or within the next several weeks, or resigns at the end of the summer, President Bush should consider following the practice of a majority of his predecessors and not, and not, name a nominee until after the November election is completed,“ Biden said. “The Senate, too, Mr. President, must consider how it would respond to a Supreme Court vacancy that would occur in the full throes of an election year.”
Biden went on to say that the Senate Judiciary Committee should seriously consider not scheduling confirmation hearings.
“Instead, it would be our pragmatic conclusion that once the political season is underway, and it is, action on a Supreme Court nomination must be put off until after the election campaign is over,” Biden said. “That is what is fair to the nominee and essential to the process. Otherwise, it seems to me we will be in deep trouble as an institution.”
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