Washington – Vice President Joe Biden says Supreme Court vacancies should be filled even in an election year despite his comments suggesting the contrary in 1992.

Biden is pushing back after opponents of approving President Barack Obama’s nominee highlighted remarks Biden made on the Senate floor. Biden chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time and said that should a Supreme Court vacancy arise, then-President George H.W. Bush shouldn’t nominate a replacement until after that fall’s presidential election.

But Biden says in a statement that’s not an accurate description of his views. He notes he also said in that speech that the Senate and White House should work together to overcome differences.

Biden says as senator he ensured prompt consideration for Supreme Court nominees and the Senate must do that now.

As reported by Vos Iz Neias