U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today joined Fox News’ “Your World With Neil Cavuto” to discuss the president’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Thune will meet with Judge Barrett tomorrow, September 29, in the Capitol.
On Judge Barrett’s qualifications (here):
“She’s somebody who respects the Constitution, the law, precedent – and is very vigilant about making sure they are applied in an even-handed way … It’s going to be very, very hard to argue that she is not qualified for this. And I think in terms of her temperament, her judicial philosophy – she’s exactly the kind of justice you would want to see on the Supreme Court.”
On Democrat obstruction (here):
“Their leader – and their de facto leader, AOC, on the far left is really the tail wagging the dog right now – don’t want to give the Senate or the president an accomplishment.”
On timing and process of the confirmation (here):
“Yes, I think it is [doable by Election Day]. Obviously, we want to make sure we give fair consideration. There is ample time now, but, frankly, one of the reasons I think Senator Graham waited to start hearings until October 12 is so every Democrat who wanted to would have an opportunity to meet with the judge. But if they are going to refuse that opportunity – that’s their option. If you look at the number of days that are allowed for the hearings, and then the reporting of the judge to the floor, and the time it would take to process her on the floor, I think it’s certainly possible that we could complete action on this toward the end of October. That would be my hope. Ultimately, it’s up to the leader to decide the timing.”