1. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Mitt Romney, (R) Utah:
"I think at this stage it's appropriate to look at the Constitution and to look at the precedent which has existed over well since the beginning of our country's history. And in a circumstance where a nominee of a president is from a different party than the Senate, then more often than not, the Senate does not confirm. So the (Merrick) Garland decision was consistent with that."
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2. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Mitt Romney, (R) Utah:
"So I recognize that we may have a court which has more of a conservative bent than it's had over the last few decades. But my liberal friends have over many decades gotten very used to the idea of having a liberal court, and that's not written in the stars. And I know a lot of people are saying, gosh, we don't want that change. I understand the energy associated with that perspective, but it's also appropriate for a nation, which is, if you will, center-right, to have a court which reflects a center-right points of view, which, again, are not changing the law from what it states, but instead following the law and following the Constitution."
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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Mitt Romney, (R) Utah:
"I'm not going to get into the particulars of who wins, who doesn't. There, there are many possibilities that we could go through. I've indicated that what I intend to do, is to proceed with the consideration process, and if a nominee actually reaches the floor, that I will vote based upon the qualifications of that nominee."
Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney said Tuesday he supports voting to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court.
That all but ensures President Donald Trump has the backing needed to push the nomination over Democratic objections so close to the November election.
Romney had been a key hold out, but issued a statement saying he intends to vote based upon their qualifications.
He also said the country's highest court should reflect the country, which he believes leans "center-right.''
"So I recognize that we may have a court which has more of a conservative bent than it's had over the last few decades. But my liberal friends have over many decades gotten very used to the idea of having a liberal court, and that's not written in the stars," Romney said.
Trump expects to announce his pick by week’s end. On Monday, he met with conservative appeals court judge, Amy Coney Barrett, who is considered the favorite.
Republicans have the votes to confirm the pick before the Nov. 3 presidential election, said the Senate Judiciary chairman Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
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