Portman Statement on Meeting with Judge Garland

April 14, 2016 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) issued the following statement following his meeting with Judge Merrick Garland today:

“I want to thank Judge Garland for his service.  We had a very cordial meeting, and I enjoyed the opportunity to meet him.  As I have said previously, however, I believe the American people should have a voice in this debate.  This is a lifetime appointment that could reshape the Supreme Court for generations, and I believe the best thing for the country is to trust the American people to weigh in.

Instead of having a nomination fight in this partisan election-year environment, I believe awaiting the result of the election will give the nominee more legitimacy and better preserve the Court’s credibility as an institution.  This is the same position that Vice President Biden and Senators Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer have outlined in the past.  After the election, I look forward to considering the nominee of our new president. Whether the American people elect a Republican or Democrat, I will judge his or her nominee on the merits, as I always have.”

NOTE: Here is Senator Portman’s op-ed from March 20 in the Cincinnati Enquirer on the best way to replace Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court.