McConnell: 'We’re going to get this judge confirmed’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell: Battle for Senate 'a 50-50 proposition' 'Packing' federal courts is already a serious problem What a Biden administration should look like MORE (R-Ky.) says Congress will ultimately make Neil Gorsuch a Supreme Court justice.

President Trump selected Gorsuch to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia late Tuesday, setting up a likely bitter confirmation battle between Democrats and Republicans.

“Let me just tell you, we’re going to get this judge confirmed,” McConnell told Bret Baier on Fox News’s “Special Report” Tuesday.


“He’s going to be very, very hard to oppose,” he added of Gorsuch, a well-respected conservative judge who sits on Colorado’s 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

“The Democrats want to fight over everything these days, but this is a fight worth having. We’ve got a great nominee, and we intend to win.”

McConnell added he hoped to get Gorsuch confirmed by April, noting six Senate Democrats had already come out against filibustering the judge’s appointment.

“I think that’s an encouraging sign that there are enough Democrats in the Senate willing to have an open mind and judge this nominee on the merits,” he said.

Senate Democrats remain bitter about last year’s GOP efforts to stonewall Merrick Garland, former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaWall Street backed Biden campaign with million in 2020 cycle: report Obama, Biden to campaign together in Michigan The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Tech execs testify on platforms' liability MORE’s Supreme Court nominee.

Republicans currently have 52 seats in the Senate, meaning they need eight Democratic votes to be capable of overcoming a filibuster.

Gorsuch would fill out a Supreme Court currently split between conservatives and liberals if confirmed, fulfilling Trump’s campaign last year to appoint a justice like Scalia.