In response to the Republican leaders of the U.S. Senate declaring that they will defy their constitutional duty to vote on the confirmation of a new U.S. Supreme Court Justice, today Ted Strickland issued the following statement:
"Senator Rob Portman and the Republican leadership are facing a simple choice: they can uphold the Constitution and do their jobs, or as Senator Portman has so frequently done, they can choose to put the interests of the Washington power brokers over the interests of the American people. This is bigger than politics or parties -- it's about the the institutions of our democracy. We cannot allow a seat on the Supreme Court of the United States to stand vacant for the sake of these kinds of crass political calculations. I’m calling on Senator Portman to show the leadership that Ohioans expect from their United States Senator and demand that the President’s nominee receive a fair hearing and a vote. I would ask Senator Portman, who has your allegiance — the Constitution and the country or your political party?”
Throughout his campaign, Strickland has repeatedly highlighted the important role that the U.S. Senate plays in confirming Supreme Court justices.
Strickland: “Which President and what Congress or Senate is going to reshape the the Supreme Court of the United States. The President nominates, the Senate confirms. That is so important because if we get some more radicals on that Court I think everything that we really care about as progressive Democrats would be at risk. Abortion rights would be at risk I believe. Social Security and Medicare as we know it could be at risk. That’s one of the reasons, not the only reason, but it's one of the reasons why I am so determined to win this race.” [MSNBC, 11/3/15]