Sen. Roy Blunt said Friday he would not object to a Senate vote on a nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.
But, Blunt said, he’s a “no” vote no matter who the nominee is.
“I certainly don’t mind taking a vote on this issue,” Blunt told reporters in Kansas City. “My vote, no matter who he nominates is going to be that no, this should be left to the next president.”
Blunt, a Republican, said he would vote no even if his daughter is nominated.
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But the statement that he would not object to a Senate floor vote on a nominee appears to be a small crack in the GOP’s opposition to the naming of a new justice for Antonin Scalia. Some Republican senators have said they don’t think President Obama should send any name to the Senate, sparking a bit of a backlash.
Even a floor vote would be difficult for Democrats. They’d need 14 Republicans — if they held every vote in their own caucus — to overcome a filibuster for a nominee.
Blunt made the statement after officially announcing his U.S. Senate campaign. He made the announcement on Kansas City’s east side, surrounded by several members of Kansas City’s African American community.
Blunt will face Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander in November. “I think I’ve got a record Missourians are and should be proud of,” Blunt said.