Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamRep. Tim Ryan becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress Graham found Trump election fraud arguments suitable for 'third grade': Woodward book Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan 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 Diane Rodham ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty MORE.
“Let’s just assume she is president,” Graham said at a Judiciary Committee meeting.
“I’ve been telling everybody on my side, she’s going to pick somebody probably more liberal than President Obama’s going to send over in a few days and I’m going to vote for that person if I think they’re qualified.”
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.