Sanders Statement on Justice Kennedy

WASHINGTON, June 27 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement Wednesday after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement:

"When President Obama nominated Merrick Garland, Republican leader Mitch McConnell said, 'The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice.' We should listen to what Sen. McConnell said. President Trump should not nominate, and the Senate should not confirm, a Supreme Court justice until the American people have had the opportunity to make their voices heard in November.

"When it comes time to decide on a replacement for Justice Kennedy, I hope that my Republican colleagues who believe that women, not the government, have the right to control their own bodies will stand with those of us who oppose any nominee who would deny any woman the right to choose."