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Manchin Explains the Condition Under Which He Would Not Vote for a Supreme Court Nominee

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) explained on Monday where he would draw the line in voting for a Supreme Court nominee, should a second vacancy occur on President Biden's watch.

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"I'm not going to be hypocritical on that," the Democratic senator told reporters. "If it comes a week or two weeks before, like it did with our last Supreme Court nominee, I think that’s a time it should go to the next election."

The centrist Democrat later clarified he was referring to the 2024 election, not the midterms. 

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He voted to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh before the 2018 midterms but did not support Justice Amy Coney Barrett before the 2020 election.

"Rushing to confirm a Supreme Court nominee weeks before a presidential election has never been done before in the history of our nation, and it will only fan the flames of division at a time when our country is deeply divided," he said in a Sept. 26, 2020 statement.

"I will not vote to confirm Judge Coney Barrett or any Supreme Court nominee before Election Day on Nov. 3. I urge my Republican friends to slow down, put people before politics, and give their constituents a chance to vote.”

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