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Freshman GOP Sen. Tommy Tuberville: Biden inauguration should have been delayed because of COVID-19

Caren Bohan, USA TODAY
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WASHINGTON – Days before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., said the event should have been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, even though Jan. 20 is enshrined in the Constitution as the date for the transfer of presidential power.

“We probably could have had a swearing-in and done an inauguration a little later on after we got this virus behind us a little bit. But again, we’re talking about Washington, D.C.,” Tuberville told Birmingham TV station CBS 42.

The Constitution’s 20th Amendment requires that the terms of a new president and vice president begin “at noon on the 20th day of January.”

Tommy Tuberville had a 159–99 record as a college football head coach.
Tommy Tuberville had a 159–99 record as a college football head coach.

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Tuberville, a freshman who was sworn into office Jan. 3, was one of six Republican senators who objected on Jan. 6 to the affirmation by Congress of Biden’s Electoral College win – a vote that took place hours after a violent pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol.

The objections to formalizing the Electoral College count were unsuccessful. After lawmakers reconvened to complete the process following the riot, Vice President Mike Pence officially affirmed Biden the winner at 3:41 a.m. EST on Jan. 7.

Tuberville, the former Auburn football coach, defeated Democrat Doug Jones on Nov. 3. As a first-time political candidate who had the backing of President Donald Trump, Tuberville beat former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was seeking to return to the seat he held for 20 years.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: GOP Sen. Tommy Tuberville: Biden inauguration should have been delayed