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Biden Is Looking At Four Candidates To Replace Stephen Breyer On SCOTUS

Damir Mujezinovic - Author

Feb. 15 2022, Published 2:35 p.m. ET

President Joe Biden vowed during the 2020 presidential election to appoint a Black woman to the Supreme Court if the opportunity presents itself.

With Justice Stephen Breyer set to retire, Biden now has a chance to fulfill his promise -- and he has to do so soon, while Democrats still control both chambers of the U.S. Congress.

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Biden suggested in a recent interview that his shortlist of potential Supreme Court candidates has narrowed down to four Black women.

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The short list are nominees who are incredibly well qualified and documented. They were the honor students, they come from the best universities, they have experience, some on the bench, some in the practice, the president said, as reported by The Hill.

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What I've done is I've taken about four people and done a deep dive on them, meaning thorough background checks and to see if there’s anything in the background that would make them not qualified.

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Bipartisan Support

Biden suggested that he hopes both Democrats and Republicans will support his eventual nominee.

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I’m not looking to make an ideological choice here, I'm looking for someone to replace Justice Breyer with the same kind of capacity Judge Breyer had, with an open mind who understands the Constitution and interprets it in a way that is consistent with the mainstream interpretation of the Constitution, he said.

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It is highly unlikely that a single Republican, let alone multiple Republicans, will vote to confirm Biden's nominee. In fact, many GOP lawmakers have vowed to fight the president every step of the way.

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Potential Candidates

Biden has said that he plans to announce his pick for Beyer's replacement by the end of February, but it remains unclear who are the four women that made it on his shortlist.

As The Hill noted, the White House has refused to share information with the public, but it has acknowledge that South Carolina federal judge J. Michelle Childs is one of the candidates.

California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger and Ketanji Brown Jackson, who was confirmed last year to serve on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, are believed to be in the running as well.

According to reports, the White House will begin interviewing candidates this week.

Black Woman To Replace Breyer

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As reported by Common Dreams, a new poll from Data for Progress suggests that voters strongly support Biden's decision to nominate a Black woman to replace Breyer.

According to the poll, voters support Biden's pledge by a 38-point margins.

The same poll found that a majority of voters believe the Senate should hold hearings and vote on Biden's nominee as soon as possible.


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