Morrisey Calls On Manchin To Debate Supreme Court Issues

Urges Manchin to Answer For His Positions On The Right To Life, The Second Amendment, And Obamacare

CHARLESTON, WV — Today, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey challenged Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin to a debate on the issues surrounding the confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice and the issues affected by U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

With President Trump nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court, the voters of West Virginia deserve a debate between Attorney General Morrisey and Sen. Manchin on the critical issues implicated in the confirmation process of a Supreme Court Justice. Over the coming years, the U.S. Supreme Court will play a large role in shaping how our nation views religious liberty, the right to bear arms, the protection of life, and the overreach of the federal government.

“The men and women of West Virginia understand how critical the issues of life, religious liberty, and the Second Amendment are to our everyday lives and the essential role the U.S. Supreme Court has in shaping these issues,” said Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. “With the great responsibility given to the U.S. Senate to advise and consent on judicial nominees, West Virginians deserve to hear directly from those seeking their votes on where they stand on the most critical issues of our time.” 

Morrisey continued: “It is truly unfortunate and a disservice to the voters of West Virginia that Sen. Manchin has used President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee to demagogue and establish false litmus tests on issues like Obamacare and abortion. By remaining unclear about his positions, Sen. Manchin has aligned himself with Schumer and liberal special interests in opposition to President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Voters deserve an honest debate between Senator Manchin and myself on the future of the U.S. Supreme Court and the American judiciary.” 

Sen. Manchin is on the record saying he would not support a U.S. Supreme Court nominee open to overturning Roe v. Wade or establish Obamacare to be unconstitutional. The Department of Health and Human Services reported the West Virginia’s Individual Market Premiums under Obamacare have increasedby an average of $441 since 2013 – a 159 percent increase. Thanks to the continuation of Obamacare, premiums are expected to continue to rise.

Sen. Manchin voted for 95 percent of President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees and he supported Hillary Clinton for president.