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The passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last week touched off a huge political debate: should the U.S. Senate confirm a new nominee to the Supreme Court this close to a presidential election?

President Donald Trump has already said that he will send up a nominee to the Senate; in fact, on Wednesday, he told the media that he would announce who the nominee is on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Democrats are accusing Republicans of hypocrisy since four years ago it was Republicans who said that the Senate shouldn't confirm a Supreme Court nominee during the last term of a president. Republicans have pointed out that nearly all the Democrats have also gone back on their words, including presidential hopeful Joe Biden, who actually flipped on the issue and then flipped back.

Back in June 1992, when he was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Biden suggested that if a Supreme Court vacancy were to occur before Election Day, the Senate should wait to confirm a nominee until after the election.

However, in March of March 2016, then-Vice President Biden argued Republicans should not wait until after the election to confirm President Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

According to the President, he has five women at the top of his nominee list. Judge Amy Coney Barrett seems to have emerged as the favorite of the five. The President has reportedly met with her at least a couple of times this week. We'll find out if she is the official nominee sometime on Saturday.


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