Biden defends 1992 call for no late-term court nomination

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Posted: Mar 03, 2016 9:14 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is defending a June 1992 speech in which he advocated putting off an appointment to the Supreme Court should one arise during the last months of George H.W. Bush's administration.

That's a position seemingly at odds with his criticism of Senate Republicans taking a similar stance today. Republicans argue that voters should be allowed to weigh on the replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia by electing the next president in November.

In an op-ed published Thursday by The New York Times, Biden says he feared in 1992 that a nomination just weeks before the political conventions would "create immense political acrimony."

Biden says he wasn't calling for obstruction but consultation and consensus regarding a possible high-court nominee in a contentious period.