McSally says current Senate should vote on Trump nominee

Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Business groups, sensing victory, keep up pressure over tax hikes Kelly raises million in third quarter MORE (R-Ariz.) said the current Senate should hold a vote on President TrumpDonald TrumpMark Walker to stay in North Carolina Senate race Judge lays out schedule for Eastman to speed up records processing for Jan. 6 panel Michael Avenatti cross-examines Stormy Daniels in his own fraud trial MORE’s nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgHow President Biden can win back momentum on women's rights Manchin and Sinema must help Biden make the Supreme Court look more like America Breyer's retirement gives Biden, and progressives, a high court appointment MORE.

“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg broke barriers for all women. My prayers are with her family in this difficult time,” McSally tweeted.

“This U.S. Senate should vote on President Trump's next nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court,” she added in a follow-up tweet. 

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McSally’s remarks followed similar comments from Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Eleven interesting races to watch in 2022 Democrats' selective hearing on law and order issues puts everyone at risk MORE (R-Ga.) who said Trump “has every right to pick a new justice before the election.”

The comments from the two senators come ahead of what is expected to be a fierce fight over whether to confirm Trump’s possible nominee.

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Republicans blocked President Obama from having his Supreme Court nominee confirmed after the 2016 death of Justice Antonin Scalia, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell: I'm going to give Biden's Supreme Court nominee 'a fair look' Progressive millionaire group backs Cisneros, McBath in first public endorsements Clyburn calls for full-court press on voting rights MORE (R-Ky.) said Friday night he will work to confirm Trump’s pick. 

The Kentucky Republican said this vacancy is different because the same party controls the Senate and White House. In 2016 the GOP held the Senate and Democrats controlled the White House.

“[A]mericans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promise,” he said in a statement. “President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”

Prior to her death, Ginsburg, a reliable liberal, said she wanted a new president to replace her on the high court.

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

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The intense partisan fight over Ginsburg’s possible successor is likely to emerge as a top issue in Senate races across the country, including in Arizona.

Polls show McSally, who was appointed to her seat and running to fill the term of the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainVoto Latino CEO: Sinema will have a 'very difficult pathway' in 2024 reelection Meghan McCain rips 'selfish' Sarah Palin for dining out despite COVID-19 diagnosis Poll: Sinema approval higher among Arizona Republicans than Democrats MORE (R), significantly behind former astronaut Mark Kelly. She has notably struggled to rally the conservative base around her candidacy and has worked to shore up Republican support by casting herself as a staunch ally of the White House.

In a statement, Kelly did not mention a possible confirmation vote on a Supreme Court nominee but did praise Ginsburg’s service on the bench. 

“Justice Ginsburg dedicated her life to making our country more just and fair. She fought cancer with the same ferocity she fought for civil rights and equality. I am in awe of how much Justice Ginsburg accomplished in her lifetime, leaving a legacy that impacted women’s rights and equal protection under the law for all Americans,” he said.