Barack Obama says the past comments from Joe Biden, in which he argued that in an election year the president should not fill a Supreme Court vacancy, have “no application” now.
During a gaggle in the Oval Office Wednesday, Obama downplayed Biden’s comments claiming “we know senators say stuff all the time.” (RELATED: Schumer: ‘It Doesn’t Matter What Anybody Said In The Past’ On SCOTUS Nominees [VIDEO])
Obama said that Republicans “suggest, ‘Well there have been a couple times where Democrats said it would be wise for a president not to nominate someone.’ First of all, we know senators say stuff all the time. Second of all, these were comments that were made where there was no actual nomination at stake. So, it has no application to actual — the actual situation that we have right now.” (RELATED: GOP Leaders Laugh At Democrats’ Reactions To Past SCOTUS Statements)
In 1992, when Biden was a senator, he said, ““It would be our pragmatic conclusion that once the political season is underway — and it is — action on a Supreme Court nomination must be put off until after the election campaign is over.” (RELATED: In 1992, Joe Biden Was Against Supreme Court Nomination During ‘Full Throes Of An Election Year’)