Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried Sunday to keep Senate Republicans united behind his decision to not hold confirmation hearings this election year for a Supreme Court nominee, saying “the American people should have a voice.”
The Kentucky Republican was standing by his decision, despite increasing pressure to at least hold hearings now that President Obama has nominated appellate Judge Merrick Garland, considered a moderate who might appeal to conservatives and liberals.
“The president nominates. The Senate confirms. The American people should have a voice, not this lame duck president out the door,” McConnell told “Fox News Sunday.” “All we are doing is following the long-standing tradition of not fulfilling a nomination in the middle of a presidential year.”
Several GOP senators have expressed interest in at least holding meetings or hearings for Garland, most notably Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, who is facing a tough re-election in a blue state.
Democrats need to win five seats in November to take control of the Senate.
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough told “Fox News Sunday” that McConnell should allow the Senate to vote on Garland, just as Vice President Joe Biden did when he led the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 1990s.
And he dismissed the notion that Obama chose a more moderate nominee to create problems for 2016 Republican candidates.
“We think the same thing should happen for Judge Garland,” McDonough said. “We don’t think this is an election issue.”
Garland would replace Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, a strong conservative on the nine-member Supreme Court who died Feb. 13.
McConnell also downplayed the idea that the GOP-led Senate would confirm Garland between the November general election and when a new president takes office, if a Democrat wins the White House.
“I cannot imagine that the Republican-majority Senate, even if it were soon to be a minority, would want to confirm a judge that would move the court dramatically to the left,” he said.
In the presidential race, GOP candidates Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich said they would not back a Garland confirmation, though Kasich has suggested Senate Republican leaders should at least meet with him.
Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders support the Garland nomination.
Look Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy on the supreme court Left by the death of Justice Scalia. He has chosen this guy because he has a liberal view of gun control and a liberal view on Abortion.Hillary Clinton and Obama want to take away our rights to protect ourselves and our family by scrapping the second amendment.Any form of gun control is an attack on the second amendment, plain and simple. Are we not supposed to be able to protect our families from people who would seek to do us harm in our own homes? It is easy For Obama to support this because for the rest of his life he will always have armed security guards provided by the secret service. Hillary Clinton already has that protection so for them it is nothing not to own a gun.. Guns are not just for protection many people in this country hunt to put food on the table It disgusts me that a man who swore an oath to uphold the constitution and protect the people of this country has continually taken steps to take away our righto to keep and bear arms It is hypocritical to want to take from us what they themselves have and it is not something the SCOTUS should condone because it would be in a sense creating a divide between two classes the presidential and the common people.That is my second amendment argument, now how about the right to life for the unborn? This nomination Obama has put forth also has a liberal view on Abortion and honestly as most of you know that is something I am strongly against. We put people in jail for life for the taking of a human life. I argue that the spark of life should be all that is needed to put an end to abortion unless a mother is at risk of losing her life she needs to have that child. to kill it should be against the law. If you notice the only people supporting Abortion are people who were not aborted and they are glad they weren’t So how is it fair to snuff out a life simply because at that point that growing life lacks the voice to plead for its life?
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God Bless America!