Murkowski calls on Biden not to pick ‘furthest left’ Supreme Court nominee


Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) on Sunday called on President Biden to not select a Supreme Court nominee who is “to the furthest left,” instead urging the president to choose someone “who will enjoy some level of bipartisan support.”

“There are many, many exceptionally well-qualified African-American women who could — who could move forward into this position,” Murkowski told co-anchor Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“So, Mr. President, I’m asking you to look through those critically, and not pick the one that would be to the furthest left, but to pick that one, that individual, who will enjoy some level of bipartisan support,” she added.

She said such a move by Biden “sends a signal to the public that maybe, maybe the courts are not as political as the legislative and the executive branch,” noting that some in the U.S. are “losing faith in their courts.”

“So, demonstrate, demonstrate some bipartisan support,” she emphasized.

“I want to make sure that the President nominates an exceptional candidate… and I would be honored to be able to support an exceptional African American woman,” says GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski on contenders for Pres. Biden’s Supreme Court nominee. #CNNSOTU

— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) February 6, 2022

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