Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) became the latest Republican senator to say he would vote against Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation, but added that he would “join others in understanding the importance of this moment.”
“In my opinion, the president had every good intention and every right to talk about appointing the first Black woman to the Supreme Court during the campaign.” “I believe it’s past time for that to happen,” Blunt said on ABC’s “This Week.”
When the two met ahead of her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Blunt claimed they had a “wonderful talk,” and he believed she was qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. However, the senator stated that it was Jackson’s evident judicial ideology that drove him to reject her candidacy.
“The judicial philosophy appears to be going through some technique that permits you to try to look at the Constitution as a more flexible instrument and even the law,” Blunt remarked.
Despite opposition from certain Republican senators, the Missouri Republican believes Jackson will “absolutely” be confirmed.
“I won’t be supporting her, but I will join others in appreciating the significance of this moment,” Blunt added.
Other Republican senators, including Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell and South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, have publicly said that they will not support Jackson’s nomination. However, Republican Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) announced last week that she would vote for Jackson, therefore eliminating the need for Vice President Harris to break a Senate tie