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Sinema Reluctant To Condemn Ginsburg Replacement

AP, file

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is the only Senate Democrat who hasn’t condemned the Republican plan to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Many in Sinema’s party say the nomination should wait until after the Nov. 3 election, but Sinema’s reluctance to dismiss Pres. Trump’s nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, is consistent with her bipartisan image.

A Sinema spokesperson says the senator expects to speak with Barrett ahead of a Senate vote.

“Kyrsten will do what she promised Arizonans and carefully consider whether this nominee is professionally qualified, believes in the role of an independent judiciary, and can be trusted to faithfully interpret and uphold the rule of law," says Sinema’s office in an emailed statement.

Cronkite News reports, some progressive Democrats, however, want Sinema to speak out against the confirmation process going ahead before the election.

Most Republicans, including Arizona Sen. Martha McSally, want a Senate floor vote on Barrett before Americans vote on Nov. 3.