Utah Sen. Mitt Romney says he will vote on Trump's Supreme Court nominee if they reach the Senate floor


Utah Sen. Mitt Romney said on Tuesday that he intended to vote on President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court.

"My decision regarding a Supreme Court nomination is not the result of a subjective test of 'fairness' which, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder," Romney said in a statement. "It is based on the immutable fairness of following the law, which in this case is the constitution and precedent. The historical precedent of election year nominations is that the Senate generally does not confirm an opposing party's nominee but does confirm a nominee of its own."

He continued: "The Constitution gives the President the power to nominate and the Senate the authority to provide advice and consent on Supreme Court nominees. Accordingly, I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the president's nominee. If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications."

Romney was one of a handful of Senate Republicans who were viewed as potential swing votes who could block Trump's nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday at age 87.

Romney's announcement dealt a fatal blow to Democrats' hopes of blocking Trump from filling the Supreme Court vacancy days before the general election.

Another potential swing vote, Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, also announced this week that he would vote on Trump's nominee. Meanwhile, Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine both signaled that they would oppose voting on a Supreme Court nominee until after the election.

Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he would reveal his pick on Saturday.

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