By Lydia Wheeler - 03/10/16 12:51 PM EST
Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamHouse approves stopgap funding, averting costly shutdown White House, business disappointed over lack of Ex-Im provision in spending bill Overnight Defense: Congress overrides Obama 9/11 veto | Pentagon breathes easy after funding deal | More troops heading to Iraq 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 ClintonTrump gives Lester Holt a C grade for debate Congress departs for recess until after Election Day House approves stopgap funding, averting costly shutdown 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.