Lisa Murkowski will vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Saturday said that will vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
  • Murkowski is opposed to confirming a Supreme Court judge to the court so close to the election, but decided to back Barrett due to her judicial philosophy.
  • "I have concluded that she is the sort of person we want on the Supreme Court," Murkowski said.
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GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska on Saturday said that will vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, throwing aside her firm opposition to pushing through a nominee before the general election.

"I have no doubt about her intellect," she said from the Senate floor. "I have no doubt about Judge Barrett's judicial temperament. I have no doubt about her capability to do the job … I have concluded that she is the sort of person we want on the Supreme Court."

Murkowski stated on Saturday that she still did not support the vote being held so close to the election, but that she wasn't on a winning side of the procedural fight.

"I do not believe that moving forward on a nominee just over a week removed from a pitched presidential election…will help our country become a better version of itself," she said.

Murkowski then said that she would support Barrett due to her judicial philosophy.

"I have reviewed Judge Barrett's confirmation hearing and her writings," she said in a statement. "I also had a lengthy discussion with her this week to delve further into her record and views of jurisprudence…She has demonstrated a strong command of the law, intellect, discipline, and ultimately, the capability to hold the position of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court."

 

In 2018, Murkowski was the only Republican senator to vote against the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Barrett is set to be confirmed on October 26, a little over a week before the November 3 general election. 

This story has been updated.

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