The historic choice fulfills one of Biden’s campaign promises – that he would name the first black woman on the Supreme Court – that Clyburn had urged him to commit to in 2020.
Jackson’s nomination to the appeals court last summer was supported by all 50 Democratic senators and three Republican senators. It’s unclear whether Jackson’s nomination will receive Republican support this time around — but it wouldn’t need Republican votes if all 50 Democratic senators voted to confirm it; in the event of a 50-50 tie, there would be a deciding vote by Vice President Kamala Harris.
Clyburn said Sunday he hoped “all my Republican friends” would consider Jackson’s confirmation in terms of pursuing a “more perfect union.”
“Let’s have a debate. Let’s talk to him about his decisions and his philosophy. But in the final analysis, let’s have strong bipartisan support to demonstrate that both sides are always striving for perfection,” Clyburn said.
Congressman and Sen. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) had publicly expressed support for South Carolina-based U.S. District Judge Michelle Childs.
One of Childs’ selling points was that she attended public schools, unlike Jackson and other suitors who attended elite universities. Eight current members of the tribunal attended Harvard or Yale law school; the exception is Amy Coney Barrett (Notre Dame).
Clyburn said that although Jackson – who attended Harvard – is a more “traditional” choice, she is still a “good fit” for the job, and her experience as a public defender “adds a new perspective to the court”.
“In the final analysis, I think it’s a good choice. It was a choice that brings a background and experiences to the field that no one else on the field will have,” Clyburn said.