2020 election and SCOTUS battle
Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks after she was nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court by President Donald Trump on September 26th in Washington, DC. Oliver Douliery / AFP / Getty Images
Following President Trump’s formal appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, more Senate Democrats have pondered whether they would be ready to meet with the candidate, despite their party largely disapproving of the expedited verification process.
Some Democratic senators, including Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Mazie Hirono, have said they will not see Barrett.
Although he has said he would not vote for a Supreme Court judge’s confirmation before election day, Senator Joe Manchin, the only Democrat who voted in favor of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday he would meet with the judge and say he thinks a US Senator’s “greatest responsibility” is to “hear all sides of the debate” and determine that it is the Senate’s duty to “meet and approve” any presidential candidate .
Manchin specifically mentioned that he would like to discuss the Affordable Care Act with Barrett.
“How do I explain to 800,000 that their pre-existing condition will not be covered, that they won’t even be able to get insurance?” asked the West Virginia Democrat.
Sens. Cory Booker and Chris Coons, both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, also intend to meet with Barrett.
Booker said on NBC’s Meet the Press that it was his “spirit” to sit down and talk to people. Coons told CBS’s “Face the Nation” that he would meet the candidate either in person or by phone and that he would also push them to the ACA.
Senator Dick Durbin, the Democratic Whip and also a member of the Judiciary Committee, repeated on ABC’s “This Week” that he would meet with Barrett, he told CNN’s Michael Smerconish on Saturday.
“I’ve met with every Supreme Court candidate since I’ve been in the Senate. I’ll extend this courtesy, if she wishes, for at least a socially distant, safe meeting, perhaps by phone,” Durbin said.