Trump says Supreme Court pick will 'most likely' be a woman

President says GOP has "obligation" to nominate new justice.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 2006
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Updated: September 19, 2020 - 7:09pm

President Trump indicated Saturday that he likely select a female nominee  to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Ginsburg.

“I could see most likely it would be a woman,” he told reporters at the White House on Saturday.

The president earlier in the day made clear his intention to get a Supreme Court nominee confirmed to the high court to replace Ginsburg, arguing he and fellow Republicans “have this obligation, without delay!”

Ginsburg died Friday from complications from cancer. She was 87.

Her death immediately created a high-stakes partisan standoff about whether Trump should get to replace Ginsburg, with just 45 days before Election Day, or allow the winner of his presidential race with Democrat Joe Biden to nominate a replacement. Biden himself has pledged to nominate a black woman to the court during his term.

“We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay!” Trump tweeted Saturday morning.

Republicans now control the Senate, in which a nominee is confirmed. However, the GOP is in jeopardy of losing its Senate majority with several races considered a tossup.

The GOP has 53 member in the Senate and Democrats have 47 including including two independents.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday that a Trump nominee will get a confirmation vote.

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