“When we have to go in and vote, I’ve already told the leadership I’ll go in a moon suit.” Johnson said during an interview on 630 KHOW in Denver. “We think this is pretty important. People can be pretty sure that Mitch McConnell is going to hold this vote,” he said.
When asked if he would find a way to choose even if he tested positive the day before but needed his voice, Johnson said he would “definitely try”.
“I would definitely try to find a way to make sure everyone is safe,” he said, adding, “So you can go to a medical clinic and take the precautions and do it safely, but we would be unable.” To do that on the floor of the Senate? Where there is a will, there̵
“We are well on our way to a fair, thorough, and timely confirmatory process that Judge Barrett, the court and the nation deserve,” said McConnell, a Republican and majority leader in the Kentucky Senate, on Monday.
Republican Sens. Susan Collins from Maine and Lisa Murkowski from Alaska have signaled that they will not support a GOP candidate before election day. That leaves McConnell little room to find the votes if members of his conference contract or stay sick with Covid-19, as he can only afford to lose the votes of three Republican senators and still get one candidate through.
The other two Republican senators who recently tested positive for coronavirus – Mike Lee from Utah and Thom Tillis from North Carolina – are both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is slated to begin confirmatory hearings on October 12.
In an update on his condition, Tillis’ office said Monday that the senator is no longer showing symptoms.
Johnson said during the interview Monday that he felt “completely normal” and that he “had no symptoms at all”.
“Who knows. This is a crazy disease. It’s impossible to really predict it, but I’m perfectly fine right now,” he said.