Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has pledged to give President Joe Biden’s nominee to US Supreme Court “a fair look” after Biden announced he would choose a Black female to serve on the high court.
“I’m going to give the president’s nominee, whoever that may be, a fair look and to not predict,” McConnell told reporters at an event in Kentucky on Thursday, January 27.
“We don’t even know who the nominee is,” he added.
According to The Hill, President Biden revealed on Thursday that he would nominate a Black woman to replace Justice Stephen Breyer after the justice decided to retire from his post on the Supreme Court.
After announcing Breyer’s retirement during an event at the White House, Biden said he would choose a nominee before the end of February.
“I’ve made no decision except one: The person I will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character experience and integrity,” Biden said.
“And that person will be the first Black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court. It’s long overdue in my view. I made that commitment during my campaign for president, and I will keep that commitment,” the president continued.
Some Republican lawmakers are already taking shots at Biden for his pledge to choose only a Black woman to replace retiring Justice Breyer, but McConnell is keeping his powder dry until the nominee is known, according to The Hill.
McConnell has opposed much of Biden’s agenda, which he called “radical” and “reckless,” especially the president’s climate and social spending plans. However, the Senate GOP leader has also taken pains to work with Biden on some issues.
Responding to news of Breyer’s impending retirement, McConnell on Thursday praised the liberal justice.
“He had a very distinguished career, one of the most respected members of the Supreme Court in history. And one of the things I liked about him was he was a vigorous opponent of packing the court, that is adding members of the court to try to take advantage of some short-term political gain,” McConnell said.
“I’ll be taking a look at that nominee as part of the confirmation process and making a decision later based upon who the nominee is,” the Republican senator added.