Transcript for Senator Amy Klobuchar reflects on Ginsburg's life, death
be a key player in the fight over when and how to fill this vacancy, senator Amy klobuchar, a Democrat. She sits on the senate judiciary committee and she joins us from her home state of Minnesota in Minneapolis specifically. Thanks for coming on. We appreciate it. Let me start on a personal note. What did justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg mean to you personally? Oh, she was an icon, a hero. She was someone that made every young lawyer remember back then, I think anything and everything was possible. She took on cases when people said a man should take it on and ended up on the the court she argued in front of where she wrote these magical dissents and also as you just pointed out on the show made sure that women could be admitted into military academies and I think the most amazing thing about her is she became cool in her 80s, an international rock star known as the notorious rbg, so famous that my daughter when she was in college, we had a picture with the justice at an event and she came up to me afterwards, my daughter, and said, mom, I want to put this on my Facebook page. If you don't mind I'm going to cut you out of it because I just want to a vote to in the notorious rbg so she literally made justice cool for so many young people. Incredible life and an incredible career and we're honoring that this morning but we also have to talk about the politics. Let me ask you as a member of the judiciary committee what is your response to him saying there will be a vote on the nominee? As Joe Biden said, the American people should decide this, who their president is, and the president should pick the nominee. And I think it was leader Schumer who quoted Mitch Mcconnell's exact words from that time in 2016. This is what he said, Mitch Mcconnell, the American people should have a voice in the section of their next supreme court justice. Therefore -- this is Mitch Mcconnell -- this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president. And so despite what he may say now, every single one of my Republican colleagues, as you pointed out, Lisa murkowski who I have respect for, they are going to have to look in their soul at what they said back then. Justice must prevail. And that was her last wish, a justice that loved the court, loved our democracy, friends of people that had different views of hers like justice Scalia. Her last to quote her fervent wish was that the next president decide her replacement. Democrats like you can pound the table about allegations of hypocrisy but you can't do much to stop him from moving forward with a vote unless members of his own Republican party, the aforementioned murkowski and Collins, maybe Gardner or Romney refuse to push forward with a vote or don't vote for confirmation. Do you think that's likely to happen and if it goes to a vote? Will it succeed? This is the moment in time that they're all going to have to race a reckoning. We've all seen this extraordinary emotional reaction to justice Ginsburg's death from Democrats and Republicans, from young people across this country. So right now they're going to have to listen to the people. They are independently elected in their state. They shouldn't have to just do the bidding of Mitch Mcconnell. They have to decide based on their own integrity and future of our country what they do. That's what we should be focusing on now. So much on the line this morning. Senator Amy klobuchar, Democrat from Minnesota, thank you so much for coming on the show this morning. We appreciate it. Thank you, Dan.
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