Sen. Mitt Romney signaled Tuesday he will support a Supreme Court nomination vote before the presidential election, filling the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat.
“I think at this stage it’s appropriate to look at the constitution and look at the precedent,” Romney said in response to CNN’s Manu Raju’s question about the Republican party’s message in 2016, to let the voters decide, and why it’s appropriate now to not let the voters decide.
Romney declined to discuss a hypothetical of a lame duck session vote on the vacant seat if Trump loses the election.
“I'm not going to look at all the hypotheticals that might occur,” he said. “But I've laid out what I intend to do and that would be … not dependent upon the timing.”
Pressed further by CNN, Romney replied, “I’ve indicated what I intend to do is to proceed with the consideration process and if a nominee actually reaches the floor, that I will vote and based upon the qualifications of that nominee,”
Asked his view of Amy Coney Barrett, he said, “I haven’t reviewed her judicial record to this point. I would look forward to doing so if she’s the nominee.”
Romney also said that he recognizes “we may have a court which has more of a conservative bent than it's had over the last few decades … my liberal friends have over many decades gotten very used to the idea of having a liberal court and that's not written in the stars.”
He continued, “I know a lot of people are saying gosh we don't want that change, I understand the energy associated with that perspective. But it's also appropriate for a nation which is, if you will, center right to have a court which reflects center right points of view.”
His remarks come after the Utah senator released a statement signaling his support for an election year confirmation earlier Tuesday morning.