Despite becoming the latest Republican senator to indicate that he would vote against Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation,
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) stated on Sunday that he would be “joining others in understanding the importance of this moment.”
“My impression is that the president had every good intention and every, single right to talk about appointing the first African-American woman to the Supreme Court during the presidential campaign.”
In an appearance on “This Week,” Blunt expressed his belief that it was past time for such a change.
Blunt stated that he and Jackson had a “great conversation” prior to Jackson’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee and that he believed she was qualified to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States.
The senator, on the other hand, stated that Jackson’s apparent judicial philosophy was what influenced his decision not to support her nomination.
“Rather than looking at what the law says and the Constitution says and applying that,
the judicial philosophy appears to be going through some method that allows you to try to look at the Constitution and even the law as a more flexible document, and there are cases that show that’s her view,” Blunt said.
The Missouri Republican expressed confidence that, despite opposition from some Republican senators, Jackson would “certainly” be confirmed as attorney general.
“I won’t be supporting her, but I will be joining others in acknowledging the significance of this moment,” Blunt said in his statement.
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A number of other Republican senators, including Sens. Mitch McConnell (KY) and Lindsey Graham (SC), have publicly stated that they will not vote in favor of Senator Jackson’s nomination.
According to reports, Republican Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) announced last week that she would vote for Jackson, effectively avoiding the need for Vice President Harris to break a tie in the Senate.