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Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett (right) meets with Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., on Oct. 21, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett (right) meets with Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., on Oct. 21, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Greg Nash/AP)

Sen. Martha McSally met privately Wednesday with President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett and later said she would enthusiastically vote to confirm her.

Trump and GOP senators are moving to confirm Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday with a vote that is expected to deliver a 6-3 conservative majority on the court by Election Day. 

Democrats have wanted to hold off on filling the high court vacancy left by the Sept. 18 death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg until after voters decide the presidential race on Nov. 3, but Republicans narrowly control the Senate and are moving quickly.

On Wednesday, after meeting with the judge, McSally, who is on Arizona’s ballot this year and is considered an endangered senator, said she was impressed with Barrett.

“I just met with Judge Barrett and I am so inspired by her,” McSally said during a news conference after her meeting. “This truly is her calling and she is a gift to our country when she is confirmed to serve on the Supreme Court.”

She made the remarks as she joined Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and others to oppose any efforts to expand the Supreme Court, as some Democrats have called for. 

“We cannot allow one extreme element to fundamentally destroy and transform our institutions like this,” McSally said. 

McSally later told The Arizona Republic that Barrett is “in person, exactly the kind of brilliant, thoughtful, gracious, humble, unflappable woman” Americans saw during her recent confirmation hearings. The one-on-one was the first time McSally and Barrett had met. 

McSally said she spoke with Barrett about how she came to her judicial philosophy, “which I strongly agree with and support, that she’s on the bench not to interpret the Constitution and the laws the way she wants them interpreted … but the way they were written.”

McSally said she told Barrett she was “a gift to America — I told her that, I actually got a little choked up when I said that to her, but she really is a gift to our country for this moment in time. I’m really proud to support her.” 

McSally initially expressed her support for Barrett shortly after Trump announced her as his Supreme Court pick in late September.

Barrett’s nomination to the court gives McSally and other Republicans the opportunity to remind Republican voters of the dozens of conservative judges they have confirmed to the federal bench during Trump’s first term.

McSally said she would vote to confirm Barrett on Tuesday in an opinion piece for The Arizona Republic that centered on the judge’s personal biography and professional qualifications.

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a moderate Arizona Democrat who has voted for some of Trump’s more controversial judicial and Cabinet nominees, is scheduled to speak with Barrett later