Jeb Bush on SCOTUS Nomination: No Problem With Deferring a Vote

By Susan Jones | February 16, 2016 | 5:14am EST
Republican Jeb Bush said he sees no problem with Republicans deferring a vote on the Supreme Court nominee until after the election. (AP File Photo)

( - Asked about the Supreme Court vacancy on Tuesday night, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush lined up with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who says the seat should not be filled until a new president is elected.

"I think that's the right thing to do," Bush told Fox News's Sean Hannity. "The president has every right to submit a name, and the Senate has every right either to have an up or down vote or to defer. I don't think there's any problem with doing that.

"This should be an election year issue. It really should, because if you go 5-4 the other way, you could see the 2nd Amendment being wiped out, off the face of the earth. You could see religious freedom being imperiled. There's a lot at stake here.

"And I think all the candidates left and right ought to use this as the basis to outline what their judicial philosophy is so there's no surprises, to create a mandate for the next appointments."

Bush said the next Supreme Court pick "has to be someone with a proven record know, know that, basically, when they were -- they weren't a candidate, they had a proven record that you could look back to -- to create consistency, because we're going to have a divided court for a while, and it would important to pick someone who has been in the judiciary, and then you've got a fight because this will be a massive fight."

Bush called Scalia " a lover of liberty and a protection, you know, of us from government. And the idea would be to pick someone like that."

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