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Vice President Joe Biden Spoke about Replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court

Posted on Friday, September 25, 2020

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On September 20, 2020, Vice President Joe Biden, the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, addressed the nation on the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Specifically, Vice President Biden focused his remarks to Republican members of the United States Senate on the next steps in replacing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose death occurred on September 18, 2020. Ironically, Justice Ginsburg passed away the day after she had received the National Constitution Center's prestigious Liberty Medal award. 

Speaking from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia where The Constitutional Walking Tour starts, Mr. Biden said President Donald Trump should hold off on naming a nominee to the Supreme Court until the results of the 2020 Presidential election are known. Vice President Biden called on U.S. Senators including Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to make a “moral” choice to hold off on any confirmation activities until after the election. Mr. Biden noted.

"It’s been noted that she passed away on Rosh Hashanah. By tradition, a person who dies during the Jewish new year is considered a soul of great righteousness. That was Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a righteous soul. It was my great honor, when I was in the Senate and Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, to preside over her confirmation hearings and strongly support her ascension to the Supreme Court bench. Justice Ginsburg achieved a standing few justices have or ever will. She became a presence in the lives of so many Americans and a part of our culture.

I agree with what others have said, that she did as much to advance the constitutional rights, opportunities, and justice for women as Justice Marshall did for African Americans. Yes, there was humor and mentions of the Notorious RBG and her impressive exercise routines, but there was so much more. She was, to use an overused word, a trailblazer, a role model, a source of hope and a powerful voice for justice. She was proof, proof that courage and conviction and moral clarity can change not only the law, it can change our culture. It can change the world. And I believe in the days and months and years ahead, excuse me, she will continue to inspire millions of Americans all across this country. And together we can, and we will, continue to be a voice for justice in her name."

Philadelphia plays a special role in Vice President Biden's campaign, in part because he lives in Delaware just about 35 miles away from Center City Philadelphia. To that end, Biden's 2020 Presidential Campaign Headquarters is located in Philadelphia at Centre Square, 1500 Market Street, which is across the street from Philadelphia's City Hall.

Vice President Biden previously served as Vice Chair of the National Constitution Center, and today, he is recognized as one of the Chair Emeriti of the National Constitution Center along with the Honorable George H. W. Bush, the Honorable Jeb Bush and the Honorable William J. Clinton.

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