Portman Statement on Supreme Court Nomination

March 16, 2016 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) issued the following statement on President Obama’s nomination to the Supreme Court:

“As I have said previously, I believe it is better for the country to allow the American people to have a voice in this debate.  We are in the midst of a highly-charged presidential election that is less than eight months away, and this lifetime appointment could reshape the Supreme Court for generations.  I believe the best thing for the country is to trust the American people and allow them to weigh in on this issue.  This is the same position that Vice President Biden and Senators Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer have outlined in the past. 

“This is about the principle, not the person.  I believe that awaiting the result of a democratic election, rather than having a nomination fight in this partisan election-year environment, will give the nominee more legitimacy and better preserve the Court’s credibility as an institution.  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.”