President Barack Obama is expected to nominate a successor to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, but Louisiana’s Republican US senators say the next President should select Scalia’s replacement. Senator David Vitter, who is a member of the judiciary committee, says the next Justice debate should be part of the presidential election.
“Filling this vacancy is so important, so critical on so many issues. I think we should leave it up to voters, rather than getting into some insider tug of war.”
Vitter says any nomination made by the President goes through the Judiciary Committee. He says the committee holds a hearing and then votes on the President’s choice, then it goes to the full Senate for a vote.
“But I’m certainly going to do everything within my power in the Judiciary Committee also with any necessary vote on the floor to leave it up to the American people.”
Republican Senator Bill Cassidy agrees with Vitter. He says let the next President nominate a new Supreme Court Justice.
“If the American people say no we don’t want four more years of what we’ve had, we’re going to have a different Supreme Court Justice because we’re going to have a different kind of president.”
Cassidy says the Supreme Court is fairly centrist right now but President Obama would like to shift it to the left. He says if the President nominates a replacement for Scalia, he doesn’t expect it to pass.
“If he nominates someone as to the left as I think he would, then I don’t think he’s going to pass or she’s going to pass at which point we will be waiting for the next president and for the American people to speak.”