Washington (CNN)Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush suggested in New Hampshire on Thursday that Senate Republicans should allow a vote on Loretta Lynch, the White House attorney general nominee.
Jeb Bush: Loretta Lynch deserves a vote
"I think presidents have the right to pick their team in general," said Bush at a "Politics and Pies" event in Concord, where he is testing the message he will deliver if he runs for president. "If someone is supportive of the president's policies, whether you agree with them or not, there should be some deference to the executive. This should not always be partisan."
"The longer it takes to confirm her, the longer Eric Holder stays as attorney general, look at it that way," he added.
Bush added that Holder had "politicized the office" and asked for "some humbleness" at the Justice Department.
Lynch, nominated by President Barack Obama in November would be the first African-American woman at the post. She has enough GOP support to win confirmation, and the Senate seems to be closing in on a deal that would allow for her approval. But some Republican senators running for president -- such as Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas -- have voiced they would try to block her confirmation.