Biden: ’92 Speech On Court Nominees Isn’t ‘Accurate Description’ Of My Views

Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that an excerpt of a speech he gave in 1992 about opposing a hypothetical Supreme Court nomination in an election year was “not an accurate description of my views.”

“It is my view that if a Supreme Court Justice resigns tomorrow or within the next several weeks or resigns at the end of the summer, President Bush should consider following the practice of a majority of his predecessors and not, and not name a nominee until after the November election is completed,” Biden says in the speech, which was posted by C-SPAN.

In a statement provided to The Hill, Biden said that in the speech he also encouraged the Senate and the President to “work together to overcome partisan differences” and bring about a functioning court, a position he said he maintains today.

“While some say that my comments in June 1992 contributed to a more politicized nomination process, they didn’t prevent the Senate from fulfilling its constitutional duties, because there was no vacancy at the time,” Biden said in the statement.

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