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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 TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE’s nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgNYC street and subway signs transformed to welcome Biden, bid farewell to Trump Schumer and McConnell trade places, but icy relationship holds Schumer becomes new Senate majority leader 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 TapperOfficials brace for second Trump impeachment trial Sunday shows - Capital locked down ahead of Biden's inauguration Durbin says he won't whip votes for Trump's second impeachment trial 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 McConnellTrump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial McConnell proposes postponing impeachment trial until February For Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief 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 CollinsFor Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief Limbaugh falsely says Biden didn't win legitimately while reacting to inauguration Bipartisan Senate gang to talk with Biden aide on coronavirus relief 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 MurkowskiFor Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief Bipartisan Senate gang to talk with Biden aide on coronavirus relief The Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' 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.