Hmm. Sounds like a bit of hedging.
President Trump told reporters Monday he is considering five women for the Supreme Court nomination and that he would “rather” have the whole thing done by Election Day.
He said five, but in all likelihood, it’s down to two, Amy Coney Barrett and Barbara Lagoa. And given that Lagoa is Hispanic, from Florida – a state Trump needs – and that Barrett would be more controversial, I’m beginning to think it will be Lagoa.
Trump spoke before departing for appearances in Ohio:
I’d much rather have a vote before the election because there’s a lot of work to be done, and I’d much rather have it. And we have plenty of time to do it. I mean, there’s really a lot of time.
So let’s say I make the announcement on Saturday — there’s a great deal of time before the election. That’ll be up to Mitch in the Senate. But I’d certainly much rather have the vote. I think it sends a good signal. And it’s solidarity and lots of other things. And I’m just doing my constitutional obligation. I have an obligation to do this. So I would rather see it before the election.