President Joe Biden said Thursday that he will nominate the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court as retiring Justice Stephen Breyer’s replacement.
The president, flanked by Breyer, told the nation in televised remarks that he would make his pick by the end of February and that the nominee will be “worthy of Justice Breyer’s legacy and excellence and decency.”
“I’ve made no decision except one. The person I will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character, experience, and integrity, and that person will be the first black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court,” he said. “It’s long overdue in my mind. I made that commitment during my campaign for president. I will keep it. I will fully do what I said.”
The president added that he would specifically lean on Vice President Kamala Harris throughout the selection process because “she was an exceptional lawyer, the attorney general of the state of California, and a former member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.”
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