Biden meets demands by Todd Young and Mike Braun, but Indiana GOP will still vote “NO” on nominee
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization that advocates for the future of Indiana and its families, today issued the following statement by Chairman Mike Schmuhl after President Joe Biden announced Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Should Judge Jackson be approved by the U.S. Senate, she will be the first Black woman to serve on the nation’s highest court:
“True to his word, President Joe Biden is fulfilling yet another promise with his nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Jackson was chosen after the President underwent a thorough and rigorous process to name a qualified nominee, with strong experience, character, integrity, dedication to the Constitution and the rule of law. The President believes that choosing a Supreme Court nominee is one of the most serious decisions any president makes, and this nomination represents someone who has wisdom and a deep understanding of the U.S. Constitution – and real world experience.
The process now turns over to the U.S. Senate where politicians like Senators Todd Young and Mike Braun must address the promises President Biden fulfilled with his nomination. Todd Young demanded that Biden nominate a ‘qualified nominee’ who wouldn’t ‘legislate from the bench’. And, Mike Braun said he would consider a nominee who had a ‘respect’ for the Constitution. President Biden met those thresholds with Judge Jackson, and Indiana Democrats now call on both Todd Young and Mike Braun to meet with Judge Jackson before a full vote in the U.S. Senate.
Here’s the unfortunate reality: President Biden could nominate the most qualified candidate to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, and Indiana’s U.S. Senators would likely still say ‘NO’. Just like his flip-flop on The Jobs Act, Todd Young will put his Party’s culture wars ahead of breaking a crucial barrier for Black women. Mike Braun will just oppose Judge Jackson out of spite toward the President. This upcoming Supreme Court vote will be another demonstration of Indiana Republicans being a performative political party with a narrowing vision for Indiana, Hoosier families, and the United States.”
– Mike Schmuhl, Chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party