Ahead of a landmark SCOTUS nomination, Biden calls Mitch McConnell a 'man of honor' and says they 'really are friends'
- Biden said on Thursday that he and Senate Minority Leader
Mitch McConnell"really are friends."
- He added that he thought McConnell was a "man of honor."
In a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, President
"Mitch, I don't want to hurt your reputation, but we really are friends," Biden said, addressing McConnell. "And that is not an epiphany we're having at the moment. You're a man of your word, you're a man of honor. Thank you for being my friend."
In his speech, Biden called for unity and for politicians to bridge the "palpable" divisions in the nation.
"Unity doesn't mean we have to agree on everything, but unity is where enough of us believe in a core of basic things," Biden said. "The common good, the general welfare. A faith in the United States of America."
He added that he hopes to return to a point in
"One of the things I pray for, and I mean it, is we sort of get back to the place ... that we really know each other," he added.
Biden's call for unity comes ahead of a landmark
Biden has vowed to nominate a Black woman to the SCOTUS. One of the potential nominees on Biden's shortlist is District Court Judge J. Michelle Childs, who may have the backing of Sen. Lindsey Graham. Other names that have been floated include Judges Ketanji Brown Jackson, Leondra Kruger, and Candace Jackson-Akiwumi.
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