Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamThe Hill's 12:30 Report Back to the future: Congress should look to past for Fintech going forward CNN to host town hall featuring John McCain, Lindsey Graham MORE (R-S.C.) on Thursday said he would vote for a qualified Supreme Court nominee sent for confirmation to the Senate by Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonHollywood stars make political statements with Oscars fashion Live coverage: Stars get political at Oscars 5 ways politics could steal the show at Oscars MORE.
“Let’s just assume she is president,” Graham said at a Judiciary Committee meeting.
Graham said he believes the president, regardless of party, “deserves the right to pick judges of their philosophy and that goes with winning the White House.”
At the same time, Graham said he feels comfortable with the GOP’s decision not to hold a hearing or vote on a nominee from President Obama.
He noted that Vice President Biden argued in 1992 as a Delaware senator that then-President George H.W. Bush should wait until after the election to make a nomination, and that Obama himself filibustered two Supreme Court justices when he was a senator.
“It’s not about me paying you back,” he said. “It’s about trying to have some process I think will stand the test of time. This will stand the test of time."
Graham, who dropped his presidential bid earlier this year, voted for Obama nominees Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, who are both on the court.
President Obama is expected any day to reveal his pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. The court's leading conservative died last month, leaving the court evenly split with conservatives and liberals.