WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is pointing to his years as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman to cast Republicans’ election-year Supreme Court blockade as a dangerous new escalation of partisanship.
In a speech at Georgetown Law School, Biden plans to take credit for moving eight Supreme Court nominees through the committee and to a vote on the Senate floor.
The high-profile speech is Biden’s latest attempt to explain and move past the 1992 remarks on the subject that have recently come back to haunt him.
In the 1992 speech, Biden seemed to endorse blocking a Supreme Court nominee put forward at the height of election season. That’s a version of the strategy now thwarting President Barack Obama’s nominee.
Republicans say they’re following the “Biden rule.” Biden says Republicans are distorting his remarks.
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