Washington (AFP) - President Barack Obama should not nominate a successor to fill the critical vacancy in the US Supreme Court left by conservative Justice Antonin Scalia's death, the Senate Republican majority leader said Saturday.
"The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice," Mitch McConnell said in a statement, referring to the upcoming November general election.
"Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president."
Republicans, who control both houses of Congress, are eager to prevent Obama, a Democrat, from pushing through in the final year of his term a nomination that could tip the balance of the court from a conservative majority to a liberal one.
Blog Author's Comments -- It is imperative that Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell is true to his word and has what it takes, this time, to stave off the arrows from the Democrats in Washington and the liberal media who will be applying a huge amount of pressure.
The GOP Senate members must come together to block a confirmation of anyone Obama nominates to fill the seat of Justice Scalia. This has to be done or else the high court will be a 5-4 liberal court and they will rewrite the Constitution. We must remember that Obama said he wanted to 'fundamentally transform America'. If he is allowed to place another justice on the high court he will have accomplished what he set out to do.