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Supreme Court vacancy 'fired up voters on both sides': Dan Klaidman

In a Yahoo Finance 2020 Election Special, Yahoo News Editor-in-Chief Dan Klaidman breaks down the emerging battle between Republicans and Democrats to fill the Supreme Court vacancy in the wake of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's passing.

Video Transcript

DAN KLAIDMAN: Well, first of all, Amanda is right. This is-- there's no question that this-- this nomination, this vacancy has fired up voters on both sides. I think the short answer is we don't know yet for sure the extent to which this is going to have an impact on the presidential election. You know, one thing-- Supreme Court nominations usually get activists in both parties and the bases really excited.

One thing we do know about this election is that the bases of this party-- both of these parties are as fired up as we've ever seen them. So it remains to be seen whether this will have a real impact on voters. Swing voters are not necessarily going to be as swayed by something like this as the activists in the party would be.

And the early indications from the polling is that so far, this has not changed much. But I-- you know, it is still early. There'll be a lot more data that will come in. You know, one thing that I was really struck by yesterday was Joe Biden was in Wisconsin talking and giving a speech.

He spoke for 30 minutes. He did not mention the nomination and not a word-- didn't even mention Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And to me, that suggests that he understands that this is a big issue in Washington. It is a big issue for some parts of the parties. But it is not necessarily going to sway the party. And he wants to say focus on coronavirus, which is where he will be stronger.