In a new interview, Lott questions current Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) pledge to block Obama’s pick in the Senate.
“I probably would’ve handled it differently,” Lott told former top Obama adviser David Axelrod in an episode of the “The Axe Files” podcast published Monday.
“My attitude, particularly on the Supreme Court, was that elections do have consequences, sometimes bad, and I tried to lean towards being supportive of the president’s nominees, Democrat or Republican,” added Lott.
The Mississippi Republican, who led the Senate from 1996 to 2001, said he tended to support nominees who “were qualified by education, experience, and demeanor and had no other side problem.”
Lott voted to confirm Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was nominated by President Bill Clinton. But he voted against Clinton’s other nominee to the high court, Stephen Breyer.