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Joe Manchin Says He’s Eager to Confirm Joe Biden’s Supreme Court Candidate

Joe Manchin Says He’s Eager to Confirm Joe Biden’s Supreme Court Candidate

Despite a friendship that goes back years, Joe Manchin has not made life easy on Joe Biden. The West Virginia senator has been reticent to pass Biden’s infrastructure or voting rights bills.

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When the opportunity came for the President to nominate a new Supreme Court Justice, some worried that Manchin could tank that too. But while talking with reporters today, Manchin said he is eager to get a new judge on the bench.

“I think that basically,” Manchin said, “especially if it’s somebody who’s already been vetted — that we put on one of the benches before, circuit or district — that’ll make it go even quicker. But, you know, we just we have to fill the seat … and I’m anxious to get that done.”

The West Virginia senator was also asked about Republican concern that Biden has zeroed in on African-American female candidates. “This time has come,” he countered.”And I think it’s great to have this many qualified — I mean, extremely qualified people that can serve and I think serve justice. [It is] basically just a balance that needs to be done to represent who we are as a nation.”

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