Senate Republican leader: Obama politicizing Supreme Court process

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon
Mitch McConnell Reacts to Obama Supreme Court Nomination

WASHINGTON, March 16 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday that President Barack Obama has politicized the Supreme Court nomination process by putting forward veteran appellate court judge Merrick Garland during a presidential election.

"It seems clear that President Obama made this nomination not with the intent of seeing the nominee confirmed, but in order to politicize it for purposes of the election," McConnell said on the floor of the Senate after Obama, a Democrat, announced his choice at the White House.

RELATED: Obama nominates Merrick Garland to Supreme Court

Obama appoints new Supreme Court justice Merrick Garland
See Gallery
Senate Republican leader: Obama politicizing Supreme Court process

"Instead of spending more time debating an issue where we can't agree, let's keep working to address the issues where we can," the senator from Kentucky said.

"The Senate will appropriately revisit the matter when it considers the qualifications of the nominee the next president nominates, whoever that might be," McConnell said.

SEE ALSO: Obama nominates Merrick Garland for Supreme Court

Obama's second four-year term ends in January 2017 and the campaign to choose his successor has been hotly contested. Businessman and former reality TV personality Donald Trump is the Republican front-runner and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is leading the Democratic Party race for the nomination to run in the Nov. 8 election.

More from
Trump says won't attend next Republican presidential debate
US House Speaker Ryan will not accept a presidential nomination
Jared Fogle assaulted in Colorado prison
Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners