Joe Biden Not Opposed to Amy Coney Barrett, Says She ‘Seems Like a Very Fine Person’

During Tuesday’s presidential debate in Ohio, Democratic presidential candidate said President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, seemed like a “very fine person.”

Many Democrats have criticized Barrett’s nomination, believing that the seat left vacant by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in September should be left open until after the November election. Trump and other Republicans have said they have the right to nominate Judge Barrett. Biden said Tuesday night that he had no personal feelings against Judge Barrett.

“I have nothing– I’m not opposed to the justice,” Biden said. “She seems like a very fine person.”

Newsweek reached out to the Trump campaign for comment.

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Joe Biden said he was not opposed to Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, during Tuesday’s presidential debates.
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However, Biden said that placing a new justice on the U.S. Supreme Court was “just not appropriate” in an election year.

“If [Trump] wins the election and the Senate is Democrat–er, Republican, then he goes forward,” Biden said. “If not, we should wait until February.”

Trump responded by telling Biden his administration had “plenty of time” to advance a nomination for the Supreme Court. “I’m not elected for three years,” Trump said, “I’m elected for four years.”

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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