Republican senators object to Trump filling Ginsburg’s justice seat

Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski both object to Trump filling the vacancy left by the death of respected justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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Transcript for Republican senators object to Trump filling Ginsburg’s justice seat
morning, so let's bring in our chief anchor George Stephanopoulos. He'll be hosting "This week" later this morning. Good morning. Good morning. You like to think strategically. Do you have a sense of which party or which candidate the supreme court vacancy could aid? It's so hard to know. We're in completely uncharted territory right now. Traditionally it hasn't been a huge voting issue at a presidential election. The supreme court has not been decisive, but we've never seen a vacancy this close to an election, clearly in this partisan environment as well. Also traditionally, you have had more conservatives who seem energized by the idea of a supreme court pick than Progressives, than Democrats, but, you know, the early indications coming since the death of justice Ginsburg could suggest that that is changing huge contributions, breaking all kinds of records Friday night to organizations that are working to like democratic senators and house members. Is there a difference to having to vote before the election, or could there be advantage to holding it after on the Republican side? I think Mitch Mcconnell is figuring that out. Notice in his statement on Friday he said the president's nominee will get a vote. He didn't say when the president's nominee will get a vote. We have those two Republican senators that say the next president should make a decision, senator Collins and senator murkowski of Alaska. I think for a lot of the others they don't know yet. If you have the vote before the election, does that take away the issue? Does that motivate the Democrats more? If it's holding out through the election, does that increase motivation on both sides? Then you face the question of, there's a risk involved in waiting as well. If -- say they hold -- Republicans hold it until after the election and Joe Biden and the Democrats win decisively. Will they really be able to move a supreme court nominee in a lame duck session after losing on November 3rd? That's a tough one. You have this potential new senator, a Democrat from Arizona who could get seated during that. If he wins and gets seated. This is, like, five-dimensional chess, and that's the other question. You referenced senators murkowski and Collins saying, let's do it after the election. Republicans need, if there are four Republican defections, that shuts this whole thing down. We've got two on the books. Are there other senators out there on the Republican side that could cross over and say, let's not do this? Hard to know for sure. Remember back in 2016 when president Obama was trying to nominate Merrick Garland, almost every Republican senator said you have to wait until after the election. They flipped on it, including the senator of the judiciary committee. The ones were Mitt Romney who voted to impeach president trump this year, and Charles grassley who used to be the chairman of the senate judiciary committee, and he said earlier this summer that if he were still chairman, he would not hold a hearing and he would advice not to hold a hearing in October. Other possibilities including Corey Gardner, and others who are up for re-election in his state. It's a state that's unlikely to punish him if he votes for a new nominee before the election. So much interesting stuff going on, and you'll be talking about it on your show this morning. Don't forget to watch "This week." He'll go one-on-one with bill Clinton. They'll talk about the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Plus, exclusive interviews with house speaker Nancy Pelosi and senator Ted Cruz on the political battle to fill Ginsburg's seat. Whit, over to you. Turning to the pandemic which has killed nearly 200,000

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