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The Vice-Presidential debate on Wednesday sparked a lot of fact-checking between candidates. National Review reported that Vice-Presidential nominee Kamala Harris made up an Abraham Lincoln quote in regard to the Supreme Court.
Her quote was as follows, "In 1864 — one of the, I think political heroes certainly of the President, I assume of you also, Mr. Vice President, is Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln was up for re-election, and it was 27 days before the election. And a seat became open on the United States Supreme Court. Abraham Lincoln’s party was in charge, not only of the White House, but the Senate.
"But Honest Abe said, 'It’s not the right thing to do. The American people deserve to make the decision about who will be the next president of the United States. And then that person can select who will serve for a lifetime on the highest court of our land.' And so Joe and I are very clear: the American people are voting right now, and it should be their decision about who will serve on this most important body for a lifetime."
This statement is in fact false as Lincoln sent no nominee to the Senate in October 1864, primarily because the Senate was not in session until December. One day after the session began, Lincoln sent Salmon P. Chase, who was confirmed the same day. Lincoln thus filled the vacancy as the first possible instant, not only because it was the right thing to do, but also because there was a Civil War.