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Good Advice from Joe Biden

In this Senate floor statement from June 1992, Senator Joe Biden says that if a Supreme Court vacancy were to arise while the “political season [i.e., presidential campaign] is underway,” President George H.W. Bush should follow the “practice of the majority of his predecessors” and not nominate anyone to the vacancy until after the election. Biden further states that if President Bush were to ignore that advice, the Senate Judiciary Committee should “seriously consider not scheduling” a hearing until after the election.

Thanks for the good advice, Vice President Biden.

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