March 24, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to Vice President Joe Biden’s statement on that “Senate Republicans are failing to fulfill their Constitutional obligation” by not holding hearings considering President Barack Obama’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland:
“It never ceases to amaze me how nimble Joe Biden is with his argumentation. We agree with Senator Joe Biden of 1992 who opposed election year nominations, and disagree with Vice President Joe Biden who argues otherwise. 1992 Biden extolled the precedent of opposing election year nominations, and that argument remains valid today, even if it is an inconvenient truth for the Obama administration.
“The astounding irony of Vice President Joe Biden bemoaning partisanship in the current Supreme Court nominee debate is particularly bitter coming from the man who played a large part in making ‘Bork’ a verb. Rather than overlooking his galling hypocrisy, the Senate should continue to stand up for the American people’s right to choose the direction of the Court through the impending presidential elections. After all I’m certain that 1992 Biden would agree that failure to consider an end of term nomination is part of the Senate doing its Constitutional job.”
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