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Pence aide dismisses concerns rushed vote on Trump nominee will hurt vulnerable senators

Pence aide dismisses concerns rushed vote on Trump nominee will hurt vulnerable senators
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Marc Short, Vice President Pence’s chief of staff, on Sunday dismissed concerns that a rushed vote on President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked by platform's pre-election blackout Mnuchin says he learned of Pelosi's letter to him about stimulus talks 'in the press' Harris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden MORE’s nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgHow recent Supreme Court rulings will impact three battleground states The false promise and real danger of Barrett's originalism Girl Scouts spark backlash from left after congratulating Justice Amy Coney Barrett MORE's death will hurt vulnerable GOP senators in light of the Republicans' position four years ago to block then-President Obama’s nominee. 

Host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperDave Matthews: Trump rallies show 'disregard' for 'his greatest followers' Who is 'Anonymous' author Miles Taylor? Feehery: The best and the brightest MORE asked Short on CNN's "State of the Union" if he thinks there is a risk that “this obvious hypocrisy may cost Republicans in competitive races,” referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMnuchin says he learned of Pelosi's letter to him about stimulus talks 'in the press' On The Money: Trump makes a late pitch on the economy | US economy records record GDP gains after historic COVID-19 drop | Pelosi eyes big COVID-19 deal in lame duck Lawmakers say infrastructure efforts are falling victim to deepening partisan divide MORE’s (R-Ky.) decision to block Obama’s nominee to fill a vacancy nine months before the 2016 election. 

Short responded that he “rejects the notion” of hypocrisy, adding that the “historical precedent” is for the president to nominate a replacement and for the confirmation process to continue when the same party is in power in the White House and the Senate. 

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“I don't think there’s hypocrisy,” Short said. “Regarding the politics of it, the people of America elected Trump in 2016.”

He added that Trump was elected after having put forward a list of who he would nominate to the court if elected. 

“As far as the politics of it, I think the American people wanted Donald Trump to make nominations,” Short said. 

McConnell vowed shortly after Ginsburg’s death that the Republicans will move to fill the vacancy. 

In a statement to her granddaughter that was obtained by NPR, Ginsburg said her “most fervent wish” was to not be replaced “until a new president is installed.” 

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Tapper asked Short on Sunday if Trump “ever considered honoring Justice Ginsburg’s dying wish.” 

Short responded that the decision on when to nominate a justice “does not lie with her.”

The decision to vote on a nominee could place several vulnerable GOP senators seeking reelection in a tough spot with fewer than 50 days until Election Day.

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSusan Collins says systemic racism isn't 'a problem' in Maine Biden, Cunningham hold narrow leads in North Carolina: poll GOP sees path to hold Senate majority MORE (R-Maine.) said in a statement after Ginsburg’s death that the Senate should not vote for Ginsburg’s successor before the election.

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiAlaska Senate race sees cash surge in final stretch Bitter fight over Barrett fuels calls to nix filibuster, expand court The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Justice Barrett joins court; one week until Election Day MORE (R-Alaska) also said shortly before Ginsburg’s death was reported that she would not vote to confirm a Supreme Court nominee before the election.

Republicans cannot afford any more than three defections and still confirm Trump’s nominee if all 47 members of the Senate Democratic caucus oppose Trump's pick.