McConnell Doubles Down: No SCOTUS Hearing for Garland This Year

The majority leader said the decision should be made after the election.

“The American people are in the middle of choosing who the next president is going to be,” McConnell said. “That next president ought to have this appointment.”

On Friday, Kirk said that Senate Republicans should “man up and vote” on Garland’s nomination. Still, McConnell is confident he can hold Republicans together.

“Most of my members are comfortable with letting the American People make this decision be electing the next president who will fill this vacancy next year,” he said.

“I think all of the candidates for president ought to be discouraging that kind of activity,” McConnell said.

When asked if Donald Trump hurt or helped Republican Senators facing competitive re-election bids, McConnell said, “We're going to be running these Senate races no matter who the nominee is.”

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