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Campaigns for Trump, Biden discuss Supreme Court nominee in pitches to voters

Posted at 11:22 PM, Sep 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-27 00:22:10-04

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Little more than a five weeks from the Nov. 3 election, both presidential campaigns are trying to frame the Supreme Court nomination to their advantage in Wisconsin.

The campaign to re-elect President Donald Trump is touting its conservative nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, by highlighting her qualifications and commitment to the constitution.

"She would serve as a judge which is to not prejudge cases, to follow the laws regardless of her personal preferences," said Mercedes Schlapp, a senior advisor for the Trump Pence Campaign.

Schlapp said the campaign is also pointing to the President's track record in nominating three Justices to the Court, as well as close to 200 federal judges.

"We are hoping this will be a short confirmation process," Schlapp said.

Former Vice President Joe Biden made it clear he believes the Senate should wait to confirm the nominee until at least after the November election, tweeting on Saturday, "The Senate shouldn't vote until the American people do."

Biden also tweeted, "In the middle of a pandemic, Donald Trump is trying to force through the confirmation of a Justice who will help him destroy Obamacare. Health care is at stake."

Meanwhile, no mention of the Supreme Court nominee during a virtual Biden campaign event in Wisconsin with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Instead speakers, including DNC Chair Tom Perez, focused on President Trump's handling of the coronavirus.

"The racial disparities and inequities have persisted across our economies our cultures before Covid-19," said Milwaukee activist Patricia Ruiz-Cantu. "He has failed leadership, he has shown his unwillingness to really look out for us."

On Nightly News Saturday night, NBC's Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd said he doesn't think the status of the Supreme Court will necessarily motivate people to vote one way or another when it comes to the White House.

"Nothing seems to have impacted the presidential race, so I don’t think it’s going to have much impact on the presidential," Todd said.

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