Cory Gardner Ducks & Dodges Questions on Supreme Court Vacancy

Cory Gardner Ducks & Dodges Questions on Supreme Court Vacancy

Refuses to Commit to Upholding His Own 2016 Standard

Denver, CO – Senator Cory Gardner has already dodged multiple questions about whether he’ll uphold his own standard and allow “the president who is elected in November [to] be the one who makes this decision” about a lifetime appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

After refusing to comment repeatedly to multiple reporters, Gardner appeared at a live event in Grand Junction this afternoon and was asked directly if he stood by his words from 2016.

Gardner refused to answer.

Here’s what Coloradans are reading about Gardner’s silence on the lifetime appointment: 

Denver Post: In first appearance after Ginsburg’s death, Gardner declines to say when justice should be replaced

Forty-five days before the fight of his political life, and one day after being thrust into a national spotlight by the death of a Supreme Court justice, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner addressed the high court’s vacancy for the first time Saturday but declined to say whether President Donald Trump should be able to choose the next justice.

Gardner was asked by a Club 20 moderator Saturday whether he stands by what he said in 2016. He did not directly answer the question, saying instead that it’s too soon to discuss the Senate’s work and the political battles to come.

Fox31: Gardner dodges question about Ginsburg replacement, says there will be ‘plenty of time’ for politics

Sen. Cory Gardner avoided a question Saturday afternoon about whether the Senate should vote on a new Supreme Court justice before the upcoming presidential election… Gardner did not directly answer the question. 

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel: Gardner silent on replacement for Ginsburg

To date, Gardner has not said whether confirmation hearings should be held until after the election. He declined to answer a direct question on the matter during Saturday’s Club 20 debates in Grand Junction.

9News: Gardner does not answer question on when Senate should hold Supreme Court vote: ‘There is time for debate’

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) avoided answering a question regarding when the Senate should vote to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday evening… Gardner was among Republicans who refused to hold a vote in the Senate on Garland’s confirmation, reasoning that the president elected in November 2016 should select the nominee.

Colorado Sun: Republican Cory Gardner declined to say if he thinks the Senate should pick Ginsburg’s replacement before the November election

Gardner on Friday released a statement on Ginsburg’s death, calling her a “trailblazing leader.” But he didn’t address how he thinks Senate Republicans should handle replacing her. His spokespeople, both in his Senate office and for his reelection campaign, did not return multiple messages from The Colorado Sun seeking comment.

Colorado Politics: Gardner sidesteps question about whether he’d support replacing Ginsburg quickly

Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner on Saturday wouldn’t say whether he stood by a position he took four years ago when he argued that the president elected in November should fill a Supreme Court vacancy after a justice died 10 months before the election.

Denver Post: Spotlight turns to Colorado’s Cory Gardner after Justice Ginsburg’s death

Following the death Friday of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one big question faces Republican Sen. Cory Gardner: Does he believe the Senate should fill her vacancy before the next inauguration day?

Gardner’s office and his campaign did not respond to requests for comment on that question Friday evening. 

Colorado Politics: Gardner facing pressure over GOP plans to fill Supreme Court vacancy before election

Pressure mounted late Friday on Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner to say whether he supports plans by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold a vote before the election to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.