Sen. Mitt Romney has announced that he will vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
The former presidential candidate released a statement on Thursday confirming his vote in favor of Barrett’s nomination.
Romney said, “After meeting with Judge Barrett and carefully reviewing her record and her testimony, I intend to vote in favor of her confirmation to the Supreme Court. She is impressive, and her distinguished legal and academic credentials make it clear that she is exceptionally well qualified to serve as our next Supreme Court justice.”
“I am confident that she will faithfully apply the law and our Constitution, impartially and regardless of policy preferences,” he added.
Fox News reported, however, that neither Sen. Susan Collins nor Sen. Lisa Murkowski has confirmed that they will vote ‘No’ on Barrett’s nomination, s reported by Fox News, For his part, Romney has been consistent on his position since Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in late September.
Romney added, “My decision regarding a Supreme Court nomination is not the result of a subjective test of ‘fairness’ which, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. It is based on the immutable fairness of following the law, which in this case is the Constitution and precedent. The historical precedent of election-year nominations is that the Senate generally does not confirm an opposing party’s nominee but does confirm a nominee of its own.”
The Republican senator noted that “The Constitution gives the President the power to nominate and the Senate the authority to provide advice and consent on Supreme Court nominees. Accordingly, I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the President’s nominee. If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has also confirmed that the GOP has the votes to confirm Barrett to the Supreme Court.