Supreme Court vacancy looms large in 2nd NC Senate debate

Supreme Court vacancy looms large in 2nd NC Senate debate

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Questions about the potential successor to Ruth Bader Ginsburg hung heavy over Tuesday night’s second debate in a U.S. Senate race in North Carolina whose outcome could decide the chamber’s control. While Republican incumbent Thom Tillis embraced a swift process toward President Donald Trump’s preferred conservative on the Supreme Court, Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham urged delay until the next presidential term and accused Tillis of giving “a blank check to the president.” Tillis issued a warning to voters, repeating several times that a Joe Biden presidency would bring “radical left" judges, eroding gun rights. Cunningham and Tillis met in a Raleigh television studio for their second debate in as many weeks but the first since the death of Ginsburg at 87. At issue in their meeting was the timing of a new appointment to the nation’s highest court and the legal philosophy of Trump’s expected nominee. Tillis, a Judiciary Committee member, has quickly aligned himself with Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, telling Trump rally participants in Fayetteville last weekend that he would vote to confirm any of the candidates on Trump’s list. Tillis dismissed the idea that his support for a Trump nominee’s confirmation so close to the election ran counter to him joining with other Republican senators in 2016 to refuse to vote on then-President Barack Obama’s nominee in an election year. Trump has said he would his announce his choice Saturday. Confirmation hearings could begin next month. Obama “was on his […]

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