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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey: Senate should confirm Barrett ‘without delay’

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey speaks during a news conference regarding the latest information on the coronavirus and upcoming flu season Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and fellow Republican Gov. Gregg Abbott of Texas  on Friday wrote an op-ed article for Fox News’ website saying Judge Amy Coney Barrett should be confirmed to the Supreme Court “without delay.”

Ducey and Abbott applauded Barrett’s history and qualifications for the position in the article, such as being an accomplished jurist and a Notre Dame law professor.

“Judge Barrett possesses the strength of intellect, high moral character and dedication to the rule of law befitting our nation’s highest court,” the article says.

“She is also a model of decency and civility, as countless colleagues of hers have attested to over the years.”

The article includes quotes endorsing Barrett from fellow Supreme Court clerks as well as colleagues at Notre Dame, who in 2017 said “As a scholarly community, we have a wide range of political views, as well as commitments to different approaches to judicial methodology and judicial craft. We are united, however, in our judgment about Amy.”

Ducey and Abbott said Americans can be confident Barrett will continue interpreting the law and Constitution as written that Barrett’s rhetoric has matched her judicial record.

“As elected leaders of our states, we believe strongly in preserving the proper roles of our three co-equal branches of government. Judge Barrett’s record proves she does too,” the article says.

If confirmed, Barrett would join the country’s highest court just days prior to a presidential election, filling the seat of the recently passed Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Democrats are taking issue with Barrett’s quick nomination as that could possibly give conservatives control of the Supreme Court for decades, threatening Democratic policies like the Affordable Health Care Act and the right to abortion.

Along with conducting the nomination amid the coronavirus pandemic, Democrats also point to Republicans refusing to consider former President Barack Obama’s nominee to fill an opening in February 2016, saying that year’s election was too soon.

A poll prior to nomination hearings for Barrett found Americans divided in favoring her confirmation, with a recent survey by the Washington Post and ABC News finding a slight majority of registered voters prefer letting the next elected president fill the vacant seat.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has set an Oct. 22 vote to recommend Barrett’s nomination with a final confirmation vote expected prior to the end of October.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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