Debate Fact Check: Portman Refused To Consider The Supreme Court Nominee

COLUMBUS, OH – There’s a clear contrast between Ted Strickland and Senator Portman when it comes to the Supreme Court: Senator Portman  s refusing to do his job and consider the Supreme Court nominee, even though he previously said the Senate has a “solemn responsibility” to confirm judges.

See the facts for yourself:

Portman Opposed Appointing A Supreme Court Justice In 2016. [Office Of Sen. Portman Press Release, 2/15/16

VIDEO: 2010 Portman: “The Senate Does Have A Solemn Responsibility And That’s The Confirmation Of Judges.” “On Oct. 4, 2010, Mr. Portman, then a former U.S. congressman running to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. George Voinovich (R., Ohio), debated Democratic nominee Lee Fisher, who served under Mr. Strickland as his lieutenant governor.  The debate, held in Toledo, was co-sponsored by The Blade and other Ohio newspapers. It was broadcast on WTVG-TV Channel 13.  The two were asked a question about a recent spate of Supreme Court appointments. ‘The Senate does have a solemn responsibility and that’s the confirmation of judges,’ Mr. Portman said.” [Toledo Blade, 3/22/16; YouTube, Strickland For Senate, 10/4/10]

2013 Portman: Judicial “Vacancies Should Be Filled Based On Judicial Needs Rather Than A Political Agenda […] Partisan Fights Should End At The Courthouse Door.” “America’s courts were designed to be non-political, to render decisions based on the merits of each case rather than partisan considerations. Likewise, vacancies should be filled based on judicial needs rather than a political agenda, and partisan fights should end at the courthouse door. These institutions — and the trust the American people place in them — are simply too important to do otherwise.” [Politico, Rob Portman Op-Ed, 10/30/13]

  • Toledo Blade editorial stated, “Creating a crisis in one of the three branches of the federal government is too high a price to pay for partisan advantage… Regrettably, Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, who is seeking re-election this year in a state that Mr. Obama won twice, has adopted his party’s indefensible line.”

  • An Akron Beacon Journal editorial stated that Portman “fell, predictably, into the party line… Yet the majority does have an obvious responsibility to see that the courts function, and to show respect for the will of voters.”

  • Columbus Dispatch editorial stated, “This is an affront to the president’s constitutional authority to nominate a justice. And it is an abdication of the Senate’s duty to “advise and consent” in confirming a nominee; it should consider an individual’s merits.”

  • Youngstown Vindicator editorial stated that Portman is “demanding that Obama ignore the Constitution with regard to one of the most important duties of a president: the nomination of federal judges, including those for the U.S. Supreme Court.”

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