Obama: SCOTUS Vacancy Offers Chance to Rise Above 'Venom and Rancor' of D.C.
As the debate over replacing Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia grows more intense, President Obama took questions today at a news conference from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations conference in Rancho Mirage, California.
The president was asked how he will proceed if Senate Republicans unite to block any nominee he puts forth.
"The Constitution is pretty clear about what is supposed to happen now," Obama said. "When there is a vacancy on the Supreme Court, the president of the United States is to nominate someone. The Senate is to consider that nomination, and either they disapprove of that nominee or that nominee is elevated to the Supreme Court."
Obama said that we've grown accustomed to a situation where every nomination is contested, no matter how qualified they are or what their ideological positions are.
"This is a measure of how, unfortunately, the venom and rancor in Washington has prevented us from getting basic work done," Obama said. "This would be a good moment to rise above that."
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