This week, Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first woman in history to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol. The Supreme Court Justice died last Friday at the age of 87, due to complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer. Ginsburg served on the court for more than 27 years.  

Her death reignited a debate over filling a Supreme Court vacancy during a President’s last term of an election year. Republicans and Democrats bitterly are divided on the issue, with Republicans calling for an immediate nomination and Democrats saying Ginsburg’s replacement should be nominated by the winner of November’s election. 

All of this comes just days before the all-important first Presidential Debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. To analyze these political hot topics, Ray Hershel spoke with University of Hartford Communications Professor Rebecca Townsend and political consultants Anthony Cignoli and Ryan McCollum.