Campaign Coverage 2020

Toomey silent on whether Senate should consider court pick

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, who endorsed waiting eight months until after the 2016 election to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, has not said whether he will support Senate consideration of a nominee in the weeks before November’s election. Toomey remained silent Monday. President Donald Trump said he is obligated to pick a nominee as soon as possible to replace the liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday. It's barely 40 days until voters pick between Trump and Democrat Joe Biden. In 2016, Toomey supported the decision to put off consideration of President Barack Obama’s nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. As a result, Trump made the pick.

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